The human teeth are made up of 3 layers, the enamel, the dentin, and the pulp. When an infection gets inside a tooth and in the pulp, the result is often inflammation and sharp pain that extends to the bone of the jaw itself. This is because the nerve that runs from the inside of the tooth and through the jaw bone is a part of the pulp of a tooth.Root Canals clear out the decayed pulp from the inside of a tooth in order to provide immediate relief from the pain. But how can one know that they need a root canal? Are there are sure and telltale signs that can confirm it? Or at least point towards getting an appointment for a check-up from a dentist? Well, there are sure signs. (Image Source- Google)Here are Some Symptoms that mean you need a Root Canal:
PainPain is always one of the most telltale signs that you need a root canal treatment. This pain can be persistent or recurring over time, can be in the jaw or concentrated over an area on the face. Regardless of the reason behind the pain, it is always good to see a dentist in the case of toothache. Diagnosing a condition early can go a long way in preventing serious damage it may cause.
SensitivitySensitivity to hot or cold food and beverages is also often a telltale sign of the damage of an infection reaching the roots of a tooth. If the pain especially lingers for an amount of time even after you have stopped eating or drinking, it may mean that the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth are severely damaged. If you experience lingering pain when you drink cold or hot drinks, then it's time that you visit a dentist near you. Lingering pain may mean that the tooth pulp is already dead and may further infect the underlying tissues and nerves. [caption align="aligncenter" width="532"] Image Source: Flickr[/caption]
Discoloured ToothInfection inside the pulp of a tooth can cause discolouration in the tooth, turning it almost greyish in appearance. Tooth pulp can die in the event of a lack of blood flow, which causes this discolouration, which means that it is important to get a root canal treatment.
Swelling in GumsThe gums are often good indicators of oral health issues in a person. In case of swelling that comes and goes with time, there may be a need to check with a dentist. Gum swelling can be caused by acidic waste produced by a decaying or dead pulp. Tenderness, swelling, gum boils, and pus-filled abscesses in the gum may mean that there is a need for a root canal.
Pain upon touching or under slight pressureIf simple touching, eating, or even the slightest of pressure can cause pain in a tooth that does not go away, it may be a sign of serious nerve damage or pulp decay in the tooth.
Chipping, cracking, or injuryIf you have ever chipped, broken, or injured a tooth, it can lead the bacteria in and become the cause of an infection. Even if there is no chipping or cracking, an injury can still damage the nerves of a tooth, causing pain and sensitivity because of inflammation, which also requires a root canal.
Loose TeethAn infected tooth often becomes loose. The acidic waste can weaken the bone that holds a tooth in place and the root of the tooth as well. This causes the mobility of a tooth that is often seen as a loose tooth. In such a scenario, a root canal may be needed.
Tooth AbscessA tooth abscess is a clear sign of bacterial infection. It is primarily of two types, periapical abscess, and periodontal abscess. The former infects the tip of the root, whereas the latter infects the gums. If left untreated, a tooth abscess may lead to unbearable pain not just in the tooth but also in the surrounding teeth, the jaw, and the ear. The swelling from the abscess can easily transfer to the nearby tender gums.Ideally, your dentist or endodontist will do all evaluations, including X-rays if required, before suggesting a root canal therapy. Root canal therapy (endodontics) is the most preferred treatment to reclaim a dead tooth. Often, a lot of these signs may be a cause of something else as well. Only a dentist will be able to tell the right cause of a problem for sure. But if you have a problem that may need a root canal treatment, waiting may cost you more than you think. If any of these signs exist and persist in you or someone you know, consult Clove Dental for root canal treatmentimmediately for effective and instant results.Read About: Root Canal Treatment FAQs
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