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Vancouver Dentist: 5 Signs That You Might Need a Root Canal


February 15th, 2018

Vancouver dentists can provide you with a list of 5 signs that you might need a root canal, so that you can recognize the signs before you are left with an emergency situation. At Parkview Dental in Vancouver, we understand how important it is to treat the early signs of a root canal as soon as possible. That is why we offer a wide range of dental services, as well as individual treatment plans that are tailored to each patient’s oral healthcare needs. Some of the most common signs you might need a root canal include but are not limited to:

1. Tooth Sensitivity

Since tooth enamel grows weaker over time, exposing teeth to the outer elements, it is important to note that not all tooth sensitivity is a cause for alarm. In most cases, teeth tend to be more prone to reacting to cold foods and drinks, which means that there is no cause for concern until your teeth start reacting to warm drinks and foods. It is also important to pay attention to where the tooth sensitivity is occurring. If the tooth sensitivity is throughout the entire mouth, it is most likely a sign of poor enamel; however, if the sensitivity is localized to one specific tooth, you should see a dentist immediately. 

2. Severe Tooth Pain

Severe tooth pain can be caused as the nerve in the pulp of the tooth becomes damaged. Try testing the sore tooth out by checking to see how the tooth and gum react when bit down on, pressed against, or touched. If your tooth and gums react with a searing pain, you might need a root canal.

3. Swollen Gums

While swollen gums can be caused by a wide variety of different issues (gingivitis, food particles, or cuts from hard food), swollen gums along the base of a single tooth may be a sign that you need a root canal. If the gums became swollen suddenly, chances are that you have a tooth that is inflamed or infected. Consider when the swelling occurred and whether or not you have any other symptoms before deciding to make a dental appointment.

4. Gum Pimples

Gum pimples, not to be confused with canker sores, are caused by the buildup of bacteria due to the infection in the tooth’s pulp. This bacterium creates small white bumps along the gum line that is similar looking to pimples on skin. If you are experiencing pimples, pay attention to whether or not they are forming in a specific area, are reoccurring, or are accompanied with other side effects.

5. Tooth Discolouration

Any drastic discolouration should be taken seriously. If one of your teeth becomes suddenly yellowed or discoloured so that it is significantly different than your other teeth, you should make a dental appointment immediately. This discolouration may be caused by an infection in the tooth’s pulp that causes the tooth to die.
While the above symptoms are the most common signs of needing a root canal, it is important to note that there not all root canal symptoms present in the same way for every single case. If you would like to learn more about the 5 signs you might need a root canal, or if you are interested in one of our dental services, please contact Parkview Dental at 604-438-1555 or book an appointment on our website. The team at Parkview Dental is proud to provide dental services to customers throughout Vancouver and the surrounding area.

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