Know the warning signs that might mean you need root canal treatment from our Gainesville office
Just like decay, when a dental problem is still in its early stages, it can be difficult to figure out whether something is actually wrong or not. Symptoms don’t usually appear until the problem has progressed, which is why you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Chris Houser, your dentist in Gainesville, VA, the moment you notice any issues. After all, once the pulp of the tooth has been severely infected or inflamed, the only option is to have it removed. Here are the top warning signs that you need a root canal:
Whether you crunched down on something hard or you got hit in the mouth while playing sports, there are many causes for a cracked or chipped tooth. If you have sustained any damage to your tooth it’s important that you see a dentist right away, for if the nerves of the tooth are exposed, infection is likely.
This is the most common symptom associated with needing a root canal. The dental pulp is a structure within the tooth that is made up of connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves, which is why the tooth hurts when the pulp becomes infected. The pain can range from mild to severe and you may notice that the pain gets worse when chewing or putting pressure on the tooth.
Sudden, Lingering Tooth Sensitivity
If you are dealing with a tooth that aches whenever you consume something that is hot, cold, or sugary, this could be another warning sign that you have infected dental pulp. If you already deal with tooth sensitivity, you may notice that the discomfort is actually worse for the affected tooth. If that ice-cold drink is suddenly causing tooth pain, damaged nerve endings could be the cause.
Other warning signs that you might need a root canal include,
- Swollen gums around the tooth
- Tooth darkening or discoloration
- A pimple-like bump near the tooth (known as an abscess)
Concerned? Give Us a Call
Heritage Hunt Dental provides comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages living in and around Gainesville, VA. If you are dealing with any of the symptoms above, give us a call right away at (703) 754-5800.