Do I Need A Root Canal?

Symptoms that Indicate You Need a Root Canal

Wondering If You Need A Root Canal? Learn About The Common Symptoms

Are you experiencing oral discomfort and are wondering if you might need root canal therapy for relief? In the following blog post, we’ve compiled some of the most common symptoms patients present with when they need root canal therapy. If you or someone you love is experiencing any or all of the following symptoms, you may want to schedule an appointment with our dedicated Buffalo endodontists to determine if a root canal is indicated. At Precision Endodontics, we specialize in pain-free root canal treatment and have convenient offices located in both West Seneca and Williamsville, NY.

Despite COVID-19, we are still able to treat patients experiencing pain or discomfort, as well as dental emergencies. If you are experiencing any type of oral pain, discomfort, swelling, redness, or bleeding, schedule an appointment today with our dedicated Buffalo endodontists. Let us treat your teeth.

Common Symptoms That Indicate A Root Canal May Be Necessary

Pain / Sensitivity

The pain associated with needing a root canal can vary from person to person. Some people may only be mildly discomforted by the pain, and others will lose sleep because it is so unbearable. The type of pain is typically a pulsing pain and is triggered easily by hot or cold foods. It will most likely be very sensitive. If you are unable to ease the pain with OTC painkillers, that could be an indication that you need a root canal.

Once infection sets in, many patients can also experience severe sensitivity to extreme temperature. This can be hot beverages like coffee, or cold foods such as ice cream.  There may also be persistent swelling around the gum line.

Infected Gums

If you notice that along with tooth pain, your gums appear to be swollen, this also may be an indicator that endodontic surgery is needed. Gums that are red, puffy, and sensitive are usually typical symptoms of infection. You may feel the area draining fluid. If you have foul breath, that is typically a sign of infection as well. Gum infection does not always mean you need a root canal but paired with any of the other symptoms detailed in this blog can point to a need for endodontic surgery. When in doubt, call a root canal specialist.

Feeling Sick / Lethargic

If you generally feel unwell along with any of these other symptoms, that may be a strong indicator that you may require a root canal. These symptoms can range from feeling very fatigued or drained without having done anything to make you feel that way. The best thing you can do in these situations is to contact your dentist right away, even if it is just to rule out the possibility of requiring a root canal. If you are feeling ill, seeking medical attention is the best possible thing you can do.

Remember, Not All Symptoms Are Obvious

In some cases, the damage to your teeth is not readily visible and you may not be aware of the extent of the damage without additional diagnostic testing and consultation by an experienced endodontist. At Precision Endodontics, we utilize 3D Cone Beam Computed Tomography which provides us with a panoramic view of your entire mouth and can reveal the true nature and extent of the damage to a tooth. We are proud to be one of only a handful of practices in Western New York that utilizes this state-of-the-art technology. If you are unsure if you require a root canal, the best thing to do is to contact our office so we can help you make an informed decision about your oral health.

Do you think you need a root canal and are looking for an experienced endodontist in the Western New York area? Look no further. Contact Precision Endodontics today and let our experience work for you. We are still actively treating patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and we can help relieve your pain.

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