Any time you experience some type of dental pain, you should definitely contact your dentist. But when it comes to root canal pain, it is even more important to take prompt action to save the tooth. If you should experience sudden pain hitting you like a wave, it is probable that you have a dead or infected tooth that may require a root canal treatment.
If you have sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages, it may indicate the need for a root canal procedure. If you are needing one, you will probably find that pain and sensitivity from extreme temperatures remains with you long after consuming the food or drink.
If you have swollen gums, it may indicate an infected tooth. You may have inflamed gums after you vigorously brush or floss your teeth, but this is a different type of situation. In this situation, gums remain swollen long after they are touched.
If you recently experienced a cracked or chipped tooth, this may indicate the need for a root canal. The trauma that caused the outward damage may have also led to an infected or inflamed dental pulp. Or the tooth may have already died, leading to it being chipped or cracked. Either way, you will probably require root canal treatment so that you can save the rest of the tooth.
Even though many patients dread the thought of needing a root canal, the procedure is actually very beneficial to the patient. Not only does it result in immediate pain relief, it helps you to preserve your original tooth, rather than having a large gap in your smile that could lead to other problems down the road.
Call our dedicated, friendly Dental Emergency line today to enquire further at (703) 787-2273