Is a Root Canal the Best Solution For Your Tooth Pain? Look Out for These Signs!

May 15, 2023

Are you experiencing tooth pain that just won’t go away? Don’t worry; the root canal is here to save you. In this blog, let’s discuss the signs that indicate you may need a root canal.

9 Screaming Signs Your Teeth Needs A Root Canal

Severe Pain

If you are experiencing sudden and intense pain in your tooth, it may be a symptom of an infected or dead tooth requiring a root canal. Pay attention to whether the pain worsens when lying down or bending over, as this may indicate root canal pain.

Bumps on the Gums

The appearance of pimple-like protrusion on your gums is a clear sign of tooth infection that may need a root canal. These bumps may be accompanied by pain.

Teeth Sensitivity (Hot and Cold Items)

While sensitivity to hot and cold can be a sign of perforated enamel, persistent sensitivity and pain may indicate that you need a root canal.

Swollen Gums

If you notice swollen gums that are painful upon touching, it is a symptom of something wrong. Unlike temporary gum inflammation from brushing or flossing too hard, these swollen gums will persist and require attention.

Darkening of the Gums

Darkening of the gums is a clear-cut indicator of gum decay, which often accompanies an infected tooth. When a tooth is dying or infected, the gums surrounding it decay as well, indicating that a root canal may be necessary.

Chipped or a Crack In Tooth

This is a dual sign of a tooth requiring a root canal. It may result from trauma leading to inflammation or infection in the pulp. Alternatively, extensive decay or infection can cause the tooth to weaken and become prone to chipping or cracking.

Tender Gums

If your gums are tender, even without touch, you may need a root canal pain.

An Abscess

An abscess starts off as a dark spot that shows up on an X-ray. This indicates a hole in the jawbone caused by an infection.

Painful Toothache while Chewing

Persistent pain or discomfort while chewing and applying pressure to an infected tooth is a sign of infection or inflammation in the tooth’s pulp. A root canal may be required to alleviate the pain and restore normal function.

Recovery After a Root Canal

Experiencing mild discomfort for a few days after the root canal procedure is given. However, if the pain goes beyond a week, talk to your dentist immediately.

Healing Time

The healing time is different from person to person; however, you will mostly start feeling better within a few days. The tooth and surrounding tissues need time to recover and settle down. It is important to stay calm and allow your body to heal naturally.

Oral Hygiene Regime

It is essential to maintain a good oral hygiene regime during the recovery period. Continue brushing your teeth in gentle motion twice a day, and floss once carefully. Still, be careful of the treated tooth and avoid putting excessive pressure on it.

Keep Up With Your Appointments

You will need a follow-up visit with your dentist after the root canal. They assess the healing process and remove any temporary restorations if needed during this visit.

Closing Note

You can always contact dental care experts from Briar Forest Dental Group for help. Dial (713) 784-4430 to connect with us.

We are proud to serve patients from all nearby communities, including Briar Forest, The Memorial Villages, Memorial City, Westchase, and Walnut Bend.


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