August 2, 2019

How To Know If A Root Canal Is Required

Root canal treatment involves a dentist resolving an infection which is located in the middle of a tooth – or the root. The infection is caused by bacteria within the mouth that can be the result of a number of factors; including decay and damage to the teeth. For people who are unsure as to whether or not they need root canal treatment, there are several signs and symptoms to look out for.

Pain that is very intense can be one of the most obvious symptoms that would suggest a root canal is needed. The pain can be felt within the tooth itself, and in the gum area around it too.
It is caused by the nerve within the tooth being infected; and can be especially bad when biting to chew food, for example. Pain may increase when the tooth is touched, and this can get worse over time.

Sensitive times
People who find they experience discomfort when they have really hot or cold foods or drinks may require root canal treatment. This is because sensitivity is usually caused by a nerve in one of the teeth becoming infected.

Some people have more sensitive teeth than others, and can feel a little uncomfortable with hot or cold foods or drinks regardless of the condition of their mouth. When this is the case, the whole mouth is affected – and it is a temporary sensation. If one of the teeth is infected, however, the sensitivity is likely to be focused on that tooth and its surrounding area – and it can be much more pronounced.

Inflamed gums
Gums that are swollen or inflamed are relatively commonplace; and can be the result of a number of potential issues. These include: gingivitis, gum disease, injury to the gums or food debris being trapped in the gums. If the issue is an infected tooth that requires root canal treatment, then the inflammation will be localised – or found only in one particular area

An infection is also more likely to cause the sudden onset of swollen gums – rather than a slow process that affects most or all of the mouth. If the gums seem to be inflamed, it’s a good idea to monitor them for a few days – if the swelling is not getting better or getting worse; it’s time to make an appointment with the dentist.

Blisters or spots
Some people get little blisters or spots on their gums because of eating foods that have a high acid content; or from consuming hot drinks. If this is the case, there is nothing to worry about and no treatment is needed.

However, infection in a tooth can also cause sores around the gum area – they look like little white spots and are made of bacteria. These can cause pain as well as the infection itself. People who don’t go to the dentist at this stage can find that the sores get bigger; and have a bad taste in their mouths. It’s vital to seek help if there is any doubt.

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