Infection in the teeth can eventually lead to tooth loss. It is always advised to treat an infected tooth at the earliest. A simple root canal treatment can help remove the infected pulp and nerves. Listed below are signs and symptoms that you may need a root canal treatment.

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is often a sign that you need a root canal treatment. Teeth can become sensitive to hot or cold beverages, sweet foods, or even cold air. There can be many causes for tooth sensitivity, including a cracked tooth, infected tooth pulp, receding gum line, or failing dental work.

Tooth Pain

If you have tooth pain, it’s a sign that you may need a root canal treatment. Tooth pain is often caused by an infection. When an infection settles inside your tooth, it causes substantial pain. Some people just assume that all dental issues cause pain, but that’s not always the case. Your dentist can help you determine the cause of your tooth pain.

Tooth Discoloration

Tooth discoloration is one of the most common signs that you need a root canal treatment. Many patients think their discolored teeth are the result of brushing too hard or poor oral hygiene, but that’s not always the case. Tooth discoloration can be the result of a deep cavity, an infected tooth, or unhealthy gums.

Gum Tenderness

When the inside of your tooth becomes inflamed, you may notice some tenderness around the that tooth. You may also notice some swelling around the tooth.

It is normal for teeth to be sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. However, this sensitivity should not last for more than a day or two. If you have noticed tooth sensitivity that lasts longer than that, it could be a sign that you have a cavity that needs to be treated.

Bad Breath

Another sign that you need root canal treatment is that your bad breath just won’t go away. The cause of this bad odor is bacteria. A foul-smelling gas is released into the mouth. This gas can smell really bad. But don’t worry, this smell is only temporary. Once the tooth has been treated and a new crown is placed, that will mask the odor. Also, you will no longer be letting that bacteria build-up. Call us at (919) 468-5501 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Siti A. Lowery, DDS to visit the dental practice at 110 Preston Executive Dr. #104, Cary, NC 27513.


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