Most people think that root canals are one of the most painful procedures in dentistry – this actually isn’t true. The worst part about needing a root canal is the part that comes before it. If you need a root canal, you’re likely to experience a lot of pain before you have the procedure done. The infection in your root is guaranteed to cause you pain from your tooth down through your jaw. You’ll be numbed for the actual root canal procedure, so you’re not likely to deal with any pain while it’s happening. A root canal will actually help you get rid of the pain! Below is a list of symptoms that may mean you need a root canal; if you experience them, you should contact your Annapolis family dentist immediately.
- Pain – This is a sign that you will very obviously notice if you’ve got a root canal. You’ll need to look out for a specific kind of pain, though, as many things can cause tooth and mouth pain. You’re likely to feel a throbbing pain that can change depending on whether you’re eating and changes in posture. Since it’s the root of your tooth that causes the problem, you’re likely to have a generalized pain in the part of your mouth rather than in just one tooth.
- Swelling – Swelling can be caused from things like gum disease or a piece of food getting stuck, so check for those issues first. Any swelling will usually occur at the very top of the gums and may also include a pus filled pimple (similar to an abscess). Drain this when you can to avoid making the infection worse.
- Darkening of your tooth – If you notice that one of your teeth starts to darken or change color and the rest are fine, it may be a sign of trauma and may be the tooth that needs a root canal. When a tooth changes color, it’s indicative of trauma to the root itself. The color won’t go back to normal, but the tooth will at least be fixed. In this case, you may also want to consider veneers or dental implants to get the look and feel of your tooth back to normal.
If you’re suffering from any of these signs, don’t hesitate to call your Annapolis family dentist. We can offer sedation dentistry so you can be comfortable having a root canal performed and spend less time worrying about the pain that the procedure may or may not cause. Instead you can focus on the important thing – getting healthy again. If you have any questions about root canals in Annapolis, or if you wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Annapolis Dental Care by calling (410) 267-0766 or visit AnnapolisDentalCare.com today! We look forward to getting you out of pain and back to normal. And remember, we cater to cowards!