Nobody wants to believe that they have a tooth that needs a root canal. When most people think of a root canal they think of an extremely painful process that should be avoided at all costs. However, a root canal is often a vital procedure necessary to keeping your mouth healthy.
It is important that you learn the signs of a tooth with a decaying root that tell you that you need a root canal. This can help to convince you of the need to visit a dentist and to take action before the tooth gets worse.
Pain. Pain is the main indicator of something having gone wrong with a tooth. The pain of a decaying root is quite distinct.
- Intensity. The pain that accompanies a decaying and infected root can be quite different depending on the person and the infection, but pain is often the best indicator that something has gone wrong and needs to be checked. The pain can also vary quite a bit depending on the time of day and even the weather, as swelling in the root comes and goes.
- Sensitive to heat. The pain accompanying an infected root is often tied to exposure to heat, or less commonly, cold. Often while heat will aggravate the swelling in the tooth, cold will help to calm it down.
- Lingering. The most common identifier of tooth decay pain is that it stays for a long period. The decay process of a tooth's root is long, and the infection caused can be difficult for your body to fight off, leaving a pain that can last for extended periods.
Swelling. Swelling is another very common indicator that a tooth is infected, and usually brings with it additional discomfort and pain.
- Intensity. Just like pain, the amount of swelling that a rotting root brings with it can vary from person to person. However, any sustained swelling in the mouth is almost always a bad sign.
- Area. The swelling associated with a decaying root can be isolated to the area right outside of the root, or much broader, as your body attempts to combat the infection on a larger scale.
- Drainage. Depending on the location and severity of the swelling, continual or occasional drainage of pus and other fluids can accompany the swelling associated with a decaying root. You can identify the drainage either by a pocked-marked drainage site on your gums, or by the bitter taste of the drainage in your mouth.
For additional information, be sure to ask a dentist such as Round Lake Dental Clinic.