30 AUG 2021
Do I Need Root Canal? 6 Ways to Tell if You Need Root Canal
Root canal treatment can repair a tooth that would otherwise have to be taken out. But you can’t afford to hang around if you have a badly infected or decayed tooth. Without treatment, the problem will get worse until extraction is the only solution.
The longer you delay a root canal, the more the pain will intensify. The tooth can also develop an abscess, with serious complications that can be life threatening as infection spreads around your body.
So, a tooth abscess is certainly one indication of a serious problem. However, there are other symptoms that suggest you may need root canal treatment. Here are 6 ways to tell whether you need a root canal
#1: You Get a Tooth Abscess
A dental abscess is a pocket of pus caused by bacterial infection. As we’ve seen, it’s a serious sign you could need root canal treatment. Symptoms of a tooth abscess include:
- Severe pain that may spread from the tooth to the jaw, neck or ear.
- Facial swelling.
- High temperature.
- Discomfort when eating.
- Difficulty swallowing or breathing.
If your mouth suddenly fills with foul-tasting fluid, it’s likely the abscess has burst, and pain may ease. However, you still need dental treatment to ensure the abscess is properly drained to prevent spread of infection.
#2: You Have Toothache
A badly infected or damaged tooth can still be extremely painful even if an abscess doesn’t develop. The pain might be constant or subside occasionally. You may feel it deep in the tooth, or in other teeth, your face or jaw. Persistent toothache is one sign you may need a root canal but it may be down to another problem. Either way, you need to see a dentist.
#3: Your Gums are Swollen
Swollen gums around a painful tooth are another signal you could need a root canal. The cause of the problem may be acidic substances being produced as waste from dead tissue in the pulp – the centre of your tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves.
#4: Your Teeth are Sensitive
Sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks may result in a sharp pain or a dull ache. If this continues after eating or drinking, you may need a root canal. It’s an indication that nerves and blood vessels in your tooth are damaged or infected. It can also be a symptom of an abscess.
#5: You Have a Discoloured Tooth
An infected or damaged tooth can look darker. This happens when nerves die because of inadequate blood supply. However, it’s still possible to save the tooth with root canal treatment.
#6: Your Tooth is Loose
An infected tooth needing a root canal may become loose as bone around the root softens due to nerves dying.
If you have any symptoms pointing to severe tooth damage or infection, you need to see a dentist as soon as possible.
Laser Root Canal Treatment in Sydney specialises in pain-free laser dentistry to remove diseased pulp and nerve tissue. And you won’t have to worry about laser root canal cost – we offer affordable treatments with interest-free payment plans.
If it turns out your tooth is beyond repair, extraction is the only option. In these cases, we recommend a dental implant as the best tooth replacement solution.