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A root canal is a dental procedure that cleans out decay from a tooth’s pulp and root. Teeth have several layers, including a soft inside core that extends all the way into the root of your jawbone. The core contains dental pulp, which consists of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. When decay enters into the soft core, the pulp may become inflamed or infected and a root canal may be required to clean it out.

It’s not always easy to tell if you need a root canal but the following information can help you detect common symptoms to indicate whether or not you need this particular dental procedure:

Constant pain
This is a sign that you may need a root canal, so schedule an appointment with your dentist right away if you experience persistent tooth pain. Some patients feel pain all of the time while others experience it from time to time but if the pain always returns, it is a sign that there is a problem. The pain can extend deep into the bone of your tooth and you may feel it in your face, jaw or other teeth as a result.

Sensitivity to heat and cold
If your tooth hurts when you eat ice cream or drink a cup of warm tea, it may be a sign that you need a root canal. This type of sensitivity often feels like a sharp pain or a dull ache, which are a result of the blood vessels and nerves in your tooth being infected.

Discolouration
Infections in the pulp can cause discolouration because trauma to the tooth or the breakdown of its internal tissue can damage the roots, which can result in a grayish or black appearance. Tooth discolouration can have a number of causes but is often related to a root canal, so it’s best to contact your dentist as soon as you notice this change.

Swollen gums
Swollen gums near the painful tooth are common and may be an indication that you require a root canal. Acidic waste products of dead pulp tissues can cause swelling, so look out for this symptom.

Pain when eating
Sensitivity in your tooth from eating can be a very big indication of severe tooth decay or nerve damage and this will probably have to be treated with a root canal. The reason you may feel pain while eating is because the ligament around the root tip of the infected tooth can become hypersensitive from the pulp dying and the waste products may irritate the ligament, which can result in pain whenever you bite.

If you think you require a root canal, Slipacoff Dental can help. Whether you need dental implants, veneers, Invisalign or teeth whitening, we do it all, and our reputable family dentists will help ensure your teeth are healthy and clean. If you are in the Sarnia area and want a beautiful smile, give our dental office a call now!