Why might I need a root canal?

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

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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