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4 Signs You May Need a Root Canal
Do you think you might need a root canal in the near future? There are signs that indicate you may need a root canal to save your tooth and ensure any oral infection that exists does not spread and cause even more of a concern. The symptoms may vary for each patient, but knowing the more common reasons why a dentist may recommend a root canal can be helpful.
4 Signs that a root canal may be necessary
A root canal might be necessary if there are issues with gum health, tooth health, or if there are general health symptoms of an infection such as a fever. The following is a more in-depth review of the signs that indicate you may need a root canal.
1. Damage near the root of a tooth
One of the most common reasons for needing a root canal is if there is damage near the root of a tooth. Chips and cracks can extend deep towards the root, increasing the risk of infection to the dental pulp. If there is significant tooth damage in any form, then prompt treatment from a dentist is necessary. The dentist can conduct a thorough examination and determine whether a root canal or another type of treatment is the best solution.
2. Gum complications
Issues with the gums can suggest that there may be a tooth infection. The gums surround and support teeth, and when a tooth infection occurs it affects the gums as well. The most common gum complications that are a sign you may need a root canal are swollen gums, discoloration and a tender feeling to the touch. This is not always a sign of a tooth infection, but it is something that requires attention from a dentist.
3. Tooth pain and sensitivity
The root of a tooth contains nerves and blood vessels. Therefore, when there are issues with the root of the tooth (infection, damage, inflammation, etc.) then it will most likely cause tooth pain and sensitivity. The discomfort can suggest that a root canal is necessary, especially if the pain and sensitivity exist along with gum complications and damage near the tooth root. To deal with the symptoms properly, it is important to visit the dentist for prompt treatment if chronic or severe pain exists.
4. Signs of an infection
Other symptoms that may indicate a root canal is necessary to treat infection inside of the tooth include fever, swollen lymph nodes and difficulty breathing, which are more common for body infections. If these symptoms exist along with a more severe oral health concern, then it may suggest the issue is more serious and require the need for a root canal to remove the infected dental pulp.
Do you need a root canal?
We encourage you to give us a call today if you have any of the aforementioned signs and need treatment. Not everyone with these symptoms needs a root canal, and we can help you decide on the best course of treatment and guide you every step of the way.
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