The human body is incredibly capable at detecting problems and sending warning signals when something is wrong. Although most systems in your body area able to heal, teeth are unique and it is important to understand what type of pain is just tooth sensitivity, and which pain you need to seek treatment for.
Five Signs You May Need a Root Canal
1. Severe tooth pain.
Is the pain you’re having a quick sensitivity to temperature, a shock when biting, or is it something worse? If the pain you are having is persistent, aching/throbbing, and more than quick sensitivity most likely the nerve inside your tooth is dying and you may need a root canal.
2. A discolored tooth.
Have you ever noticed that one of your teeth is darker than the rest? This could be a sign that due to some type of dental trauma the nerve inside of it has died. If you are not having pain, count your blessings! Unfortunately, that doesn’t always mean you don’t need treatment. The dead tissue inside the tooth could create damage from within the tooth itself or the bone around it and will most likely lead to an abscess, or infection.
3. Gum Swelling.
Any kind of swelling in your mouth is a sign of danger. Infection from a rotten tooth or from gum disease can get out of hand very quickly. If you notice any swelling in your gums, face, or neck you should contact us immediately. If the swelling makes it hard to breath, seek emergency medical care immediately! If you are swollen your immune system has already lost the battle and you need help.
4. Persistant Gum Pimples.
Have you ever noticed a bump on your gums that pops up every now and then? It may swell, rupture, and then disappear for a while before it comes back. Chances are you have a draining abscess. Although unfortunate, the good thing for you is that your body has found a way for the infection to drain and release the pressure. This will help you avoid a trapped infection that creates the swelling as mentioned above.
5. Prolonged Sensitivity.
So what’s the difference between a long lasting toothache and sensitivity? Sensitive teeth are a sign that you have something irritating your tooth. Maybe you have recession that is exposing the roots, a cavity, cracked tooth, or perhaps you are grinding your teeth at night. Whatever it may be, tooth sensitivity is your body’s way of warning you that something is going on. The fact that it is quick means the nerve inside is healthy enough for now and if you fix the problem the tooth can be saved without a root canal. But if the symptoms are merely covered up by sensitivity-fighting toothpaste or an over the counter pain killer without addressing the real problem the nerve could go over the edge and die. That is when you get the kind of pain that just won’t go away.
If your having any of these problems, or have a question regarding any other problems in your mouth, give us a call and set up a consultation!