Meadow Ridge Dental Centre

What are the signs I may need root canal treatment?

If you’re suffering from a toothache, the cause may come from many sources, including tooth fractures, enamel wear, periodontal or gum disease. However, a deep tooth infection is a common reason for especially severe toothaches. This condition will require prompt care if you wish to relieve pain and save your tooth. Neglecting treatment for this infection could endanger your overall health as bacteria can move from your tooth into your neck, causing inflammation that may impede your airways.

Symptoms of Tooth Root Infections in Maple Ridge

In the early stages, dental infections are known to progress without many indicators. But by the time they are a root infection, the symptoms become more and more prominent.

You may have a root infection when you experience one or more of the following:

  • Tooth pain that increases when biting or chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Inflammation in your gums
  • A small bump on your gums where it hurts
  • Black areas on the painful tooth
  • General fever
  • Swollen glands in your neck, such as tonsil or adenoids

Root canal treatment eliminates dental infections at their source, removing all bacteria and damaged tissue from within your tooth. Your dentist then seals your inner tooth to prevent future infections and may protect your remaining tooth with a dental crown.