There are many possible symptoms you may experience that signal you need a root canal. If you have any of these symptoms, you should contact your dentist for an evaluation:
When you drink something cold or hot, you experience pain that lingers for a few seconds or longer:
In this case, bacteria may have entered the inside of the tooth and begun to irritate the tooth’s nerve. This irritation of the nerve is exacerbated when the nerve is triggered by something cold or hot, and, thus, you feel pain.
Your tooth hurts when you bite on it:
In this situation, the bacteria may have traveled through the whole length of the tooth and caused an infection at the bottom of the tooth’s root. Thus, when you bite, you would be impinging on the infected tooth’s root, causing discomfort.
Your tooth aches to the point that you can’t sleep:
Bacteria may have entered the inside of the tooth and begun to intensely irritate the tooth’s nerve. You could feel constant pain from the bacteria hurting the tooth’s nerve.
You have a swelling of the gums or “pimple” on your gums:
In this case, the bacteria may have traveled the whole length of the tooth and have caused an infection at the bottom of the tooth’s root. Your body would fight the infection, forming pus. The accumulation of pus causes a swelling, which is often called a tooth abscess.
You have no symptoms, but a dentist told you that your tooth needs a root canal
Commonly, patients that need a root canal do not have any symptoms or feel any pain in the tooth. In this case, the bacteria may have entered inside of the tooth and actually eroded away all of the tooth’s nerve. If the tooth does not have a nerve, you would not experience any sensation from that tooth. However, even though you don’t feel anything from the tooth, you may need a root canal to clean the inside of the tooth and remove the bacteria that eroded away the tooth’s nerve.
Dr. Kenneth Kerman – Endodontist: Root canal specialist
Endodontist (root canal specialist) Dr. Kenneth Kerman comes to our office two days each week to consult with patients and perform pain-free root canals. Dr. Kerman uses only the most technological equipment and has an amazing amount of training and experience, over 19 years, in root canals. If you think you may need a root canal, please feel free to contact us for an evaluation.