You visit your dentist for a checkup and assume all is well. Suddenly, they put their instruments away and inform you that based on their findings, you need a root canal. If this information comes to you as a shock, you’re not alone. Many individuals assume pain is the only symptom that might dictate the need for this type of procedure; however, this is not the case at all. Read on to discover the four additional signs that can point to a serious problem lying beneath the surface, in the innermost layer of your tooth.
Tooth sensitivity is something you might assume will go away on its own but unfortunately, it won’t. Instead, when pressure is applied and sensitivity extends beyond a few days, it is likely that your tooth root is severely damaged. As a result, the only possible option for treatment is a root canal. Without necessary care, your tooth can become more vulnerable and cause problems throughout your oral cavity.
When noticing a discolored tooth, you may think it is stained because of a dark-colored beverage you tend to drink every morning. You might also be lacking when it comes to your oral hygiene routine. But it can also be the result of a damaged nerve or blood vessel inside your tooth. If this is the cause of your discoloration, a root canal is the only way to remove the damaged area and restore the health of your smile.
Inflammation of the soft oral tissues typically means gum disease. But if you notice a bump located on the tissues above or below your teeth, it may be that you have a serious infection within the tooth’s innermost layer. The swelling of your gums can indicate the root of your tooth is being affected by the inflammation and needs to be treated before the infection enters the bloodstream.
A chipped or cracked tooth often only needs composite resin or a dental crown to fix. However, if your dentist discovers that the damage is causing the nerve of your tooth to be exposed, you’ll need a root canal to avoid an infection.
Pain is just one of many symptoms you can experience when needing a root canal. Don’t fall victim to the misconception that if you’re not uncomfortable, your teeth are fine. Keeping your six-month dental checkups and cleanings can help your dentist identify problem areas and recommend necessary treatment before it gets too out of hand.
About the Authors
Dr. Michele Moreno and Dr. Aiyana Zenobia Anderson want your family members to maintain healthy smiles. When requiring a root canal, you can expect them to explain the process, go over the procedure, and share why it is necessary to avoid more serious oral and overall health problems. If you think you may be exhibiting some of the symptoms commonly associated with a root canal, contact us at (210) 463-9339 to receive the care you need.