Signs That You Need a Root Canal

More than 41,000 root canals are done every single day, making them one of the more common dental procedures there are. Root canals are done to relieve the pain that comes from an infected tooth, and are our specialty at Cascade Endodontics in Orem.

The pain from an infected tooth can be excruciating. In view of that, it’s a little funny that people associate root canal therapy with pain. That’s because the procedure will relieve the pain, not cause or add to it.

Signs You May Need a Root Canal

Only a dentist’s diagnosis can tell for sure whether you need a root canal. But there are certain telltale signs that amount to big red flags. If you notice any of them, don’t delay: schedule an appointment right away. They won’t get better on their own!

  • Persistent tooth pain. Whether it is constant or whether it comes and goes, tooth pain is not normal. Some people report pain in the face or jaw, and  others say it feels like it’s deep in tooth root. Wherever it is, it’s telling you something is wrong. Get it looked at right away.
  • Discoloration. An infection inside the rooth may lead to discoloration. It is often more noticeable in the front part of the tooth, thought it could be in the back part, too. Discoloration can be caused by something other than infection, such as trauma. Regardless, have it look at.
  • Tooth sensitivity. If hot or cold beverages and foods causes you pain, it could be a sign you need a root canal. The same is true from the pressure of biting or chewing. It may be a dull ache or it may be a sharp pain, but it is definitely a warning sign. The tooth’s blood vessels and nerves may be infected or damaged.
  • Swollen gums. Swelling around a sensitive tooth is another sign. It may or may not be painful to the touch, and it may come and go, but it should definitely be looked at.

These are among the most common indicators that you need a root canal.  At Cascade Endodontics there is nothing to fear from root canal therapy, in spite of their reputation. And it’s always better to be safe than sorry!  Please call our office to schedule an appointment today.

Jon Jenson DDS
Cascade Endodontics
1375 E 800 N Ste 203
Orem, UT 84097