How Do I Know If I Need a Root Canal?

Tooth painWhen you are suffering from tooth pain, it can be excruciating. So, how do you know if you need a root canal? The below article highlights some of the symptoms you could be experiencing that could warrant a root canal. Ultimately, your dentist and endodontist will help you to determine the appropriate course of action. Thanks for visiting us at Mt. Juliet and Cookeville Endodontics.

Signs and Symptoms That Signal the Need for a Root Canal

Figuring out when you need a root canal, like figuring out when you need a filling, can be very difficult during the early stages of the problem.  This is because many of the signs are those that can only be spotted by a trained dentist.  Often, physical symptoms such as pain do not start until the problem is more advanced.  Because of this, seeing a dentist regularly is extremely important.  However, if you don’t get to a dentist and spot the problem before it is escalated, the following are some signs and symptoms to look out for that may signal the need for a root canal.

1) The tooth is broken, cracked, or chipped

2) There is redness and swelling of the gums around a particular tooth

3) A particular tooth is sensitive to heat, cold, and sweetness

4) A particular tooth hurts with the pressure of a touch or bite.

5) There is discoloration on the surface of the tooth

How Does a Dentist Determine Whether a Root Canal is Needed?

If you have one or more of the aforementioned symptoms, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible.  While there, the dentist will be able to run a couple tests to determine whether or not a root canal is needed to treat the tooth.  The first set of tests are simple tests that the dentist can perform with the tools they have on hand.  These tests are done to evaluate the symptoms you are reporting.

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