As humans, we always choose the path of least resistance, so it’s no surprise that we ignore tooth pain even when it’s been bothering us for extended periods of time. Here’s the thing though, you might need a root canal for your sore tooth, and if left untreated, it may cause long-term damage to your mouth. Here are some checks you can make to help you determine whether a dentist’s visit is necessary:
If you experience a consistent pain that ranges from mild too extreme, with the intensity lasting for a few minutes to several hours, you might need to book a dentists’ appointment. Also, be wary of pain that becomes worse when eating cold or very foods, or when you need to bite down on something.
- Tender or Swollen Gums
When there is an infected tooth, your gums will start to swell and will be very tender to touch. If you feel a noticeable lump, this means a gumboil is starting to form, which will need treatment sooner rather than later.
- Persistent gum pimples
It might surprise you to know that your gums can get pimples (lesions fistulous), caused by an infection inside a tooth. Over time their size can increase and decrease, and also secrete an unpleasant tasting pus into the mouth seeing as the lesions act as tracts for the discharge for infections.
- Frequency of pain
The different symptoms listed above can be divided into three types of pain. When the pain or swelling comes and goes on a daily basis (or thereabouts), it’s a transient symptom. When you start to have consistent pain or swelling and the intensity never fades, then it’s called persistent or continual pain (that’s the one you should watch out for).
If you think you might need a root canal, visit your dentist ASAP, who will analyse your mouth and diagnose the problem, as well as an effective treatment plan. The root canal procedure itself is relatively simple, and there is usually little pain during the course of the root canal. Afterwards, you will be able to treat any additional discomfort with painkillers.
If you are currently experiencing any of the above symptoms, it would be best to visit or contact us as soon as possible.
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