A root canal is a painful dental emergency that occurs for a lot of different reasons. And just like the reasons, there are lots of different symptoms that can signal you to make a dental appointment. So, if you find that your smile has been affected by any of these symptoms, it’s time to see your dentist:

Tooth pain. This is the most common symptom of most dental emergencies, but it is definitely a symptom of a root canal. It may not even be constant – tooth sensitivity to hot and cold is a definite signal. If you find that you have pains when chewing, check with your dental professional.

Abscess. When a tooth’s pulp dies, a pimple-like bump will develop on your gums. This is an abscess or a pocket of pus surrounding a tooth root infected by bacteria. Ignoring an abscess can lead to the infection spreading further in the mouth, causing more dental issues.

Trauma. Accidents, sports injuries, or other trauma to the mouth are all things that can happen naturally. If hit hard enough, your tooth’s root can be torn from the mouth, resulting in a root canal. Not always immediately noticeable, it is important that you notify your dental professional any time your mouth has been through any trauma.

Severe decay. Untreated cavities will eventually reach the pulp, so it is important that you visit your dentist regularly. Early detection is ideal to prevent future issues. Swelling and tenderness around surrounding gums are both telltale signs there is something wrong. Make sure you pay attention to what your mouth is telling you.

If you would like further information regarding root canals, contact Tory Hill Dental at 207-929-6626 to schedule an appointment today. Or visit toryhilldental.com for additional information.