A root canal infection is one of the most serious conditions of the oral cavity. It is caused due to the inflammation of the pulp, which comprises the nerves and blood vessels that are responsible for the sensation and nourishment of the tooth. This infection puts the tooth at risk of being extracted and can spread to the neighboring teeth and gums as well.
The worst-case scenario is when you ignore the symptoms of root canal therapy, considering them to be just some other oral infection that would go away on its own. They can advance to severe stages and cost you a tooth, along with putting your oral health in danger. Here are some symptoms that you should watch out for.
Toothache is one of the most common symptoms of a root canal infection. Whenever you bite into a piece of food, such as an apple or a slice of pizza, you would experience sharp pain in the infected tooth and the surrounding gums as well. This would increase with time and become almost unbearable during the later stages.
Whenever you brush your teeth or chew food, you may see small traces of blood near the gums of the infected tooth. Also, they may slowly start to decay, thereby releasing pus and forming an abscess. Bleeding near the gum line and discharge of pus are commonly encountered during a root canal infection.
Hypersensitivity is a common occurrence that is caused due to the exposed nerve endings of the teeth. However, in the case of root canal infection, this sensation can be felt quite sharply due to the inflammation of the nerves within the dental pulp and only in the infected tooth. Whenever you eat anything cold or hot, a sharp sensation can be felt in the tooth and surrounding tissues.
The decay of the dental pulp can lead to discoloration of the tooth from the inside out. In the case of regular teeth discoloration, the teeth would stain uniformly. But, in the case of a root canal infection, the infected tooth can be seen severely discolored from the adjoining teeth.
The gums around the infected tooth appear red and swollen. The cellular fluid tends to move to the infected area, which is why it swells up. Also, the blood vessels around the region get infected, making the gums look red.
If you’re experiencing the above-stated symptoms, it is best you get to a dentist as soon as possible. With the right treatment procedure, your tooth can be saved from being extracted. Schedule an appointment with our highly-experienced dentist, and we’d be happy to guide you further.