Signs that You May Need Root Canal Treatment
By Gordon Family Dental
February 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Could your dental issues be trying to tell you that you need a root canal?

We know that everyone wants to maintain a healthy smile. Of course, issues can set in that can affect the health and integrity of your teeth. When decay is left untreated or a traumatic injury damages the inside of the tooth, our Lehi, UT dentist Dr. David Gordon will recommend getting root canal treatment to protect the damaged or infected tooth.

So, how do you know that you may need root canal treatment? Well, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms then it’s time to visit our Lehi, UT, emergency dentist as soon as possible.


A Toothache

While dental pain can arise for many reasons, one thing is certain: a toothache is a warning sign of decay of something more serious like such as inflamed or infected dental pulp. Both of these issues will require immediate dental treatment. The pain you experience may get worse when biting down or putting pressure on the tooth. This is a telltale sign that the dental pulp is affected.


Tooth Sensitivity

Along with dental pain, another warning sign is lingering tooth sensitivity. While many people deal with sensitivity on a regular basis, if you experience severe or prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks, you might be dealing with inflamed dental pulp. This could also be a warning sign of a cracked tooth.


Swollen Gums

While widespread gum inflammation is usually an indicator of gum disease, if you notice that the gums are red, swollen, or tender to the touch around a certain tooth, it is very possible that there is an infection. If a pimple-like growth, known as an abscess, forms on the gums near the tooth, this is also a large warning sign. These signs require immediate attention from your dentist.


Darkening Tooth

If you notice that the tooth that has been causing you discomfort has also started to get darker in color, there is a strong possibility that the roots of the teeth are starting to die. Again, this is a major warning sign that should not be dismissed.


Concerned? Give Us a Call!

If you are dealing with a toothache or any of the other listed warning signs, it’s time for you to call Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT, right away. After all, the sooner we can treat the problem the better. Call us today at (801) 766-6344.