7 Root Canal Symptoms You Can't Ignore from Pennino Family Dentistry

By: Pennino Family Dentistry
Let Pennino Family Dentistry ease your concerns about root canal treatment.
Let Pennino Family Dentistry ease your concerns about root canal treatment.
BARRINGTON, Ill. - Oct. 1, 2019 - PRLog -- A root canal treatment is performed when infection or tooth decay reaches the tooth nerve. The infection damages the nerve and eventually kills the tooth; but a root canal can extend the tooth's life. A toothache seems the obvious symptom for needing a root canal, but it isn't the only way to know your tooth is in trouble.

1. Sore or Swollen Gums
When infection sets in, the gums will begin to hurt and swell. The gum disease gingivitis could be the cause. Symptoms include bleeding and swelling of the gums, and loose teeth.

2. Pain While Biting or Chewing Food
If it hurts to bite into or chew food, that's a concern. Pain that lasts for days, especially if it progresses, is cause for alarm. Seek medical attention when your tooth pain doesn't go away.

3. Loose Tooth
Your teeth should not feel loose. Periodontitis could be the culprit, but only a professional can confirm that.

4. Sensitivity to Cold or Hot
Many people experience sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages. But it's a red flag if it stops you from eating at all, especially if this symptom is coupled with others.

5. Darker Gums
Some gums are naturally darker than others, but a change in the color could signal an underlying issue. If you notice discoloration of gums or teeth, call your dentist.

6. Cracked or Chipped Tooth
When a tooth gets cracked or chipped, it can lead to other problems. If left unchecked, a damaged tooth worsens. Immediate attention can save you a root canal or extraction.

7. Prior Root Canal
Advances in dental technology have increased the efficiency of root canals. But if your old one fails, you may need another one. Look for signs of a broken crown, cracks in the tooth, or persistent inflammation.

How Long Does a Root Canal Treatment Last?
A root canal can take up to 90 minutes. Sometimes a patient needs to come in for a second appointment, depending on the severity of tooth decay.

Is a Root Canal Painful?
The most pain patients experience is before the procedure. There is a slight discomfort from the anesthesia injection; however, it doesn't last long.

How Will I Feel After the Root Canal?
After treatment, your mouth could be sore for a few days. Your dentist may recommend an over-the-counter medication to reduce the pain. Also, be mindful of the food and drinks you consume. You don't want to aggravate the area while it's healing.

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