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Four Key Signs That Suggest You May Need Root Canal Therapy

Oct 10 • 2 minute read


Have you been experiencing any of these troubling symptoms?

Of the many dental-related issues a person can potentially experience in a lifetime, there are several common telltale signs that point to potentially needing a root canal treatment.

Lets explore some of the questions you can ask yourself about your tooth pain to help get you closer to determining whether a root canal may be (unfortunately) in the cards.

Question One: Does tooth pain occur with no particular trigger to set it off?

Extreme hot/cold temperatures or sweet foods are notorious for causing tooth pain for many people, especially those with particularly sensitive teeth.

However, if your tooth pain comes on with no known trigger, or if it persists for longer than normal following exposure to hot/cold or sweet - then its definitely time to have your tooth examined by a professional as there’s a good chance that only a root canal procedure will be able to save it from extraction (if it isn’t too late already).

Question Two: Is there discolouration on the tooth in question?

Tooth darkness or discolouration on a single tooth (not affecting the neighboring teeth) can be an indication of serious infection, or death of the tooth. If you notice any change in your tooth’s colour, please see our dentist in Toronto ASAP.

Question Three: Does pain intensify with movement?

If you notice that your tooth pain worsens when you suddenly move or alter the position of your body, this is another telltale sign that your tooth needs prompt professional intervention. Don’t wait!

Question Four: Does there appear to be a fistula or an abscess on the gum?

Fistulas, or gum boils”, are spots that look like pimples that appear on the gum in the area of the troubled tooth. Although they usually dont present any pain, these spots are a very clear indication that an infection is present. The moment you notice anything like this on your gums, get to our Toronto dental office as soon as you can.

Additionally, any sign of swelling and/or tenderness in the mouth can also be a sign that your tooth is in need of immediate care.

Persistent tooth pain should never be ignored

Tooth pain should be a cause for concern if its anything beyond normal sensitivity. If your tooth pain is more than just a reaction to extreme temperature or sweet, or, if youve noticed any concerning signs in your mouth, book an appointment with our office ASAP.

With any dental issue, earlier intervention will help to reduce the risk of needing a more extensive treatment, or worse, potentially losing a tooth. Our Dr. Klaiman has years of experience performing endodontic procedures - so your tooth is in safe hands.

 


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