What Are the Signs That a Root Canal Is Needed?

illustration of an infected tooth needing root canal therapy

“Root canal” might just be the most dreaded phrase in the dental industry—but much of that is shrouded in myth. Modern root canal treatments aren’t something to fear, and their whole purpose is to save your smile from pain and permanent damage. It’s important to keep an eye out for the common symptoms that signal you may need a root canal so that a dental professional can address the problem as soon as possible. The earlier you take care of a root canal, the less time, stress, and money you’ll need to devote to protecting your dental health!

Here are some of the signs that a root canal is needed:

Gum Issues

While the infection may be within your tooth, it can cause problems to the surrounding gums. For example, pimple-like bumps on your gums, swollen or tender gums, and a darkening of the gums are all signs to watch out for.

Tooth Discoloration

It’s not just your gums that can change color due to an infection. Depending on the severity of the issue, your tooth can also change to a gray or black color. This can happen when there’s extensive internal damage or an inadequate blood supply to the tooth pulp.

Sensitivity & Pain

A tooth infection in need of a root canal can cause pain on a scale from a dull ache to severe pain. You may feel this sensation in the actual infected tooth, or more generally in your face and jaw. It’s also possible that you feel tooth sensitivity whenever you drink or eat something particularly hot or cold.

Root Canal Therapy at Springhurst Hills Dentistry

If you’re currently experiencing any of the previously mentioned symptoms, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at Springhurst Hills Dentistry. Our Louisville dental practice offers root canal therapy as part of our suite of restorative treatments.


Posted on behalf of Dr. Lan Tran, Springhurst Hills Dentistry

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