Why might I need a root canal?

x-ray of a tooth in need of a root canal treatment in Anchorage

Root canals are the ultimate healing treatment for dental patients, but many patients might not even realize that something is wrong. Because it’s very hard for a layperson to detect signs of problems in the pulp, most people don’t find out there’s a problem until they visit the dentist.

Here’s where you can get a step ahead of your fellow dental patients. We, at Mint Dental Alaska, have compiled a list of common symptoms seen in patients who require root canals. These include:

  • Severe toothaches or pain when chewing;
  • Temperature sensitivity (i.e. pain when the tooth comes into contact with hot or cold substances);
  • Discoloration in the tooth;
  • Swollen and tender gums;
  • Pimples on the gums.

While the presence of these symptoms might not necessarily point to nerve damage as a cause, other problems like a normal cavity or like gum disease could cause similar symptoms, they definitely mean that you should visit a dentist to get a closer look at the situation.

Questions about Root Canals?

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, or if you just want more information regarding root canals, contact a Mint Dental Alaska dentist to get a professional’s input! Dental issues are notoriously hard to diagnose, so only a certified dentist can exactly pinpoint what might be wrong with your teeth.

You can see one of our dentists by calling (907) 646-8672. Contact us today to set up an appointment!

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