How to Know if You Need a Root Canal

Root Canal Procedure

Regular visits to your dentist help identify and prevent tooth decay and potential root canal procedures before they start.   

But how do you know if you’re a candidate for a root canal procedure? Read on to learn more.

Pain from extreme temperatures 

We can all experience mild tooth sensitivity, but it could be more severe if you feel pain while eating something hot or cold. This is one of several indicators that you might need a root canal.

Although there is only one way to be 100% sure, and that’s to visit your local dentist, here are a few other signs to look out for:

Tooth Discolouration

According to the Canadian Dental Association (CDA), a grey or blackish tone could indicate that the roots of your tooth are damaged. This damage may result from a breakdown of the tooth’s internal tissue or ‘pulp’ or external trauma. While discoloration is not necessarily rooted in tooth damage, let your dentist know.

Cracked or Chipped Tooth

Dentists have seen a recent increase in cracked or damaged teeth in patients due to grinding or clenching, primarily due to stress caused by lockdowns and the pandemic.

As a result of chipped or cracked teeth, dangerous bacteria can form that may lead to an infection. Even if the tooth is damaged but no crack has resulted, the injury can still harm the nerves, making a root canal a necessary dental procedure.

Chronic Tooth Pain

Constant pain is a telltale indicator of root trouble. The severity may vary, but it never entirely dissipates. It may appear in other areas like your jaws or your face and right in the bones of your teeth. And while it can result from damaged fillings, cavities, and a sinus infection or gum disease – it is wise to let your dentist investigate the origin of your pain.

Swollen Gums

Swelling does not always point to a root canal, but if you have facial and gum swelling, and pain that ranges from moderate to severe, this is a common sign of infection.

The swelling may come and go. It may be painful or tender when you touch it, or not at all.

Dental issues may arise, but you can minimize the severity and frequency by maintaining a healthy oral hygiene routine. And, of course, visiting your dentist every six months.

Is a Root Canal Necessary?

We weigh all options at Dr. Keshavarz Dentistry before recommending a root canal diagnosis. The best way to avoid one is to keep your teeth in the best shape possible.

However, if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, book an appointment with us today, and we’ll be happy to provide you with professional and up-to-date dental advice.

To book an appointment with our dental office in Brampton, call (905) 791-3867 or schedule a dental appointment online.

Yours in Oral Hygiene,

Dr. F. Keshavarz Dentistry

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