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Symptoms of Root Canal

Signs and symptoms

There is no definite list of symptoms. For some clients they are experiencing dental pain and extreme discomfort and others will have no symptoms. If you are experiencing dental pain and think you might have a root infection the first step is to see one of our dentists for an examination. The dentist will take X-Rays of your teeth and if they believe it could be a Root canal infection they will refer you to see our specialist endodontist Dr Daiva. We usually have appointments available within seven days and if you are in severe pain we will always make your case a priority.

Some signs to be aware of however are:

  • Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Spontaneous pain
  • Swelling of the gum adjacent to the tooth
  • Pain or tenderness when you bite on a tooth
  • Discolouration of the tooth

Brief sensitivity to heat or cold

If discomfort is brief and only lasts a few moments it could mean there is an inflammation in the pulp of your tooth. Sensitivity can indicate a number of different problems such as decay, loose fillings or gum recession. If you are experiencing sensitivity, try using a toothpaste such as sensodyne for a few weeks. If symptoms persist make an appointment to see one of the friendly dentists at any of Smilepod’s central London studios

Sensitivity to temperature after dental work

Dental work can inflame the pulp causing temporary sensitivity. If you are experiencing sensitivity following dental treatment make sure you mention this in your review. After any dental work it is advised to see you dentist again for a ten minute review a few weeks later.

Pain when biting and chewing

This type of pain could be caused by a number of things such as decay, a loose filling or sometimes a crack in the tooth. However, it could also indicate damage to the pulp tissue inside the tooth. If you are experiencing this type of pain come and see a Smilepod dentist for a check-up. If the problem is pulp tissue damage, your dentist will discuss treatment options.

Persistent pain after eating hot or cold foods

This pain could indicate that the pulp in your tooth has been damaged either by deep decay or physical trauma. We recommend you see one of the Smilepod dentists as soon as possible so they can identify the cause of the pain. If necessary you will be recommended root canal treatment in order to save your tooth.

Severe toothache and pain, gum inflammation and pain when touched

This type of toothache could be caused by a bacterial infection which formed into an abscess. If you are experiencing severe pain come and see us and we will do whatever possible to relieve your discomfort.

Dull ache and pressure in upper teeth and jaw

A possible origin of this problem is a sinus headache. These are often felt in the face and teeth. Teeth grinding (or bruxism) is also known to cause this type of ache.

For relief from a sinus headache we recommend you see your GP. For bruxism, you should consult your dentist. If the pain is severe and chronic your dentist might refer you to an endodontist for evaluation.