Three Signs That You May Need A Root Canal

Many people wait to go to the dentist when they feel tooth pain until the pain becomes unbearable. Going to the dentist on a regular basis is important if you want to keep your teeth as healthy and strong as they can possibly be. If you are experiencing tooth pain right now, you could need to have a cavity filled or even worse need a root canal. The guide below walks you through a few signs that may be alerting you that you need to see a dentist right away.

Tooth Sensitivity

When you have a bad cavity that may need a root canal, you will often feel immense sensitivity in that tooth. Drinking hot or warm liquids will be nearly impossible because it will cause such an intense sensation in that tooth. Exposure to the wind may also cause intense pain because the root of your tooth may actually be exposed. 

Swollen or Red Gums

When you have a cavity, it is possible for an infection to develop in your gums which can become quite painful. Look closely at your gums. If the area near the tooth that is painful is red or swollen, there is a good chance that you may have an infection in your gums. The infection can spread to other areas of your mouth so it is best to get it treated as soon as possible. You can try swishing a few tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide in your mouth after you brush your teeth to help lessen the swelling and reduce some of the irritation caused by the infection.

Difficulty Biting

Another sign that you may have a bad cavity in your tooth is that you feel pain when you apply pressure to the tooth. Press the tip of your finger against the bottom of a few teeth slightly. If you can pinpoint a specific tooth that feels painful when you press against it, there is a good chance that the tooth has a cavity that needs to be treated.

When you go the dentist, he or she will do x-rays on your teeth and let you know what issues are found. If you are determined to need a root canal, it is important to know that you will be numbed for the procedure. Your jaw and teeth may feel a bit painful for the next few days, but over time, the pain should subside and you shouldn't have any more issues with the damaged tooth. 

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