As a general rule, teeth should not be sensitive to the point where you are forced to change your normal behavior and dietary habits. If a toothache lasts a day or longer, you should contact your general dentist as soon as possible to obtain an examination. Even if this toothache later goes away, it still might signify that your tooth has become infected.
Here are five common symptoms that indicate you probably need root canal therapy:
Whether it’s a persistent dull ache, a sharp or shooting pain, or some other form of discomfort, any unexplained toothache should get checked to make sure it’s not an infection or injury to the tooth itself.
2. Hot or cold sensitivity
Some amount of sensitivity to hot and cold is normal, such as when biting into food directly or eating ice cream. The discomfort is typically bearable and doesn’t last long. However, if you find yourself experiencing extreme sensitivity, or the feeling lasts for hours after exposure, it may be a sign of an infected tooth and need for a root canal.
3. Pressure sensitivity
As with temperature, a bit of pressure or pain if you bite down on something too hard is natural. If you experience this when chewing soft foods or with normal or light pressure, it might indicate a problem.
4. Tooth discoloration
Sometimes tooth stains from coffee, tea, red wine, and more can occur, but they are typically on the surface and can be removed with either daily brushing or whitening kits. In other situations, discoloration — usually yellowing or browning — can happen from within the tooth, and it is not able to be cleaned away. This could mean your tooth is dying, and you should see a dental professional as soon as possible
5. Gum issues
Tender or red gums can signify a problem, especially if they are an ongoing issue. Any area of swelling or drainage in the mouth is evidence of an underlying pathology and should be addressed immediately.
If you are having an issue with your teeth or gums, it is important to see an expert for the correct diagnosis and treatment before the problem escalates.