It can be difficult to know if you need a root canal, especially in the early stages of a cavity. Most people will be confused about whether they simply need to improve their oral hygiene or if they need to see a dentist. If you are unsure, Dr. Julie Boulos and Dr. Joseph Boulos at All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, CA, can examine you and determine if you need a root canal. The article below highlights some of the signs to watch out for.
Sensitive to Heat or Cold
Does your tooth ache when you drink something cold or hot? You may have a tooth sensitivity issue, thus, requiring a root canal. If, whenever you take cold or hot drinks, you feel a sharp pain that lingers for quite some time, then let our dentists examine you.
You Are in Constant Pain
Another indicator that the root of your tooth has decayed is persistent pain. If you cannot do normal activities like eating or drinking without feeling pain, pay our dentists a visit. They will examine your tooth and see if your nerves or blood vessels are infected. A root canal will help ease the pain.
Even though tooth discoloration can be caused by multiple things, including poor hygiene, an infected tooth pulp can also be the cause. Internal tissue damage or tooth trauma will damage the roots, giving your teeth a grayish or black appearance. If the discoloration has been caused by a damaged nerve or blood vessel, schedule an appointment with our Pacific Beach, CA dentists for a root canal.
Cracked or Broken Tooth
Your teeth can get cracked or broken from eating hard foods, previous dental procedures going wrong, or if you have been in an accident. When that happens, the nerves and blood vessels under the tooth’s surface are exposed, which can lead to an infection. If the infection is not treated, it will keep getting worse and lead to pain. A root canal can stop the infection and pain.
Swollen gums are another indication that you may need a root canal. The swelling may be occasional, and if you touch your gums, they feel tender or even painful. You may also have a tiny pimple called gum boil or abscess.
Get in touch with All Coast Dental at (858) 270-4904 in Pacific Beach, CA. Dr. Julie Boulos and Dr. Joseph Boulos will examine your tooth to see if you need a root canal.