3 Symptoms That Means You Might Need a Root Canal
An infection can develop anywhere throughout the body, including inside the tooth. Often this occurs due to trauma, periodontal infection, deep decay or even spontaneously. When a tooth becomes infected, we often recommend root canal treatment in our Bayside, VIC dental clinic as an alternative to tooth extraction.
Restoring your natural tooth is usually the best and most conservative approach to dental care.
If you suspect you require root canal therapy, it is best to arrange an appointment as soon as possible at either our Bayside or Fairfield Sparkle Dental Care locations to get started.
Toothache and Sensitivity
Sudden toothache or sensitivity to heat are often the first indicators that something is amiss with your oral health. Pain in the teeth and mouth always means trouble. Booking an emergency appointment immediately will usually improve your outcome and help you feel comfortable again fast.
Pain may worsen over time or come and go. Often, when a tooth develops an infection, pain worsens when lying down.
Inflammation of the Jaw, Face or Neck
Inflammation, or swelling, often accompanies infection and contributes to pain. When teeth become inflamed, the area surrounding the tooth may swell and can move into the neck or face. In some rare cases, untreated tooth infections can become life-threatening. It’s best to contact your dentist or our team at Sparkle Dental Care to book an appointment straight away.
Discolouration of the Tooth
Sport or auto accidents that cause trauma to teeth can also cause the need for root canal treatment. Bumping or breaking a tooth that results in discolouration indicates nerve damage. Root canal treatment and internal bleaching will restore the function and appearance of the tooth.
Once we complete root canal treatment in our Bayside, VIC or Fairfield, VIC dental practices, our dentists will often recommend a dental crown to protect the treated tooth and extend its life for many years – even decades with the proper care.