4 Signs You May Need a Root Canal

Understanding The Top Signs That You May Need A Root Canal

If you have an infected tooth, the best way to treat your condition and save your tooth is to get a root canal. With root canal therapy, Dr. Jeremy Brown of Boise Dental Arts can remove the infected material, disinfect the tooth, and protect it with a filling or crown. 

A root canal will ensure you can save your natural tooth, and avoid further complications. But how do you know if you need one? What are the most common signs of an infected tooth? Find out by reading this article! 

1. Persistent Toothache

This is the most common issue that may indicate an infected tooth. While not all toothaches indicate a tooth infection, a prolonged toothache that lasts more than a day or two, and causes radiating pain in your jaw and head is a likely indicator that your tooth is infected.

If you have a toothache that’s causing you serious pain and discomfort, you should come in for a consultation right away. Even if your issue is not being caused by an infected tooth, tooth pain is always an indicator that there is something wrong in your mouth, and you need an exam from a dentist to determine what it is, and to get relief from your pain.

2. Sensitivity to Heat and Cold

Another common symptom of an infected tooth is increased sensitivity to heat and cold. If you have noticed that one of your teeth is sensitive to things like ice cream and cold drinks, or hot beverages and foods, this may be an indicator that the tooth is damaged or infected.

3. Sensitivity to the Pressure of Chewing

Normal chewing should never cause one of your teeth to feel sensitive or painful. If you’ve noticed that one of your teeth is aching or sensitive to the pressure of chewing, this could indicate a tooth infection. 

4. Tooth Discoloration

Discoloration in your teeth may indicate a serious case of tooth decay, which can cause an infected tooth. Tooth discoloration after dental trauma or injury also indicates that serious damage has been done to the inside of your tooth, and that a root canal may be necessary to save your tooth.

5. Swelling of the Gums Around Your Tooth 

As your tooth continues to become more infected, the inflammation caused by the infection may spread out through the gum area near the tooth, causing it to become inflamed, swollen, tender, and discolored. If you notice significant swelling around one particular area of your tooth, chances are that you have an infected tooth, and will need a root canal. 

Get Help for Your Infected Tooth from Boise Dental Arts

At our office, we offer pain-free, fast root canal treatments. Dr. Jeremy Brown can eliminate your tooth infection and restore your tooth in just 1-2 hours, and ensure that your remaining tooth structure is protected from further damage and decay. It’s important to get treatment as soon as possible to save your tooth, so don’t wait. Give us a call at (435) 773-7275 or stop by our office at 9931 W Cable Car, Suite 150, Boise, Idaho 83709, and we’ll schedule an appointment for you as soon as we can.


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