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It is important to inform your dentist about any of the following symptoms. Since root canals aren’t so scary anymore, there’s no need to be afraid of being honest with the dentist.

1. Severe Pain
If you have spontaneous pain that hits you like a wave, it is likely that you have an infected or dead tooth that may need a root canal. Are there certain positions in which your gums or tooth hurt worse? When you lie down or bend down is there a pressure on your tooth and face? This may be root canal pain.

2. Bumps on the Gums
If you notice any bumps on your gums, this could be a sign of an infected tooth needing a root canal. These pimple-like bums are known as a fistula.

3. Sensitivity to Hot and Cold
For those needing a root canal, the sensitivity and pain from the hot and cold lingers long after the drink or food.

4. Swollen Gums
If you’ve noticed that your gums are swollen it may be a sign of an infected tooth. Sometimes we can have inflamed gums after flossing or brushing too hard, this is different. The swollen gums will be tender and a bit painful to the touch and will remain swollen.

5. Chipped or Cracked Tooth
A chipped or cracked tooth is a two-fold sign of a tooth that may need a root canal. For one, perhaps there was trauma on the tooth that created the chip or crack and has now caused inflamed or infected pulp. Secondly, the tooth may be so far decayed or infected that it is cracked or chipped from being dead. Either way, you’ll need likely a root canal to try to save the remainder of the tooth.

6. Tender Gums
If your gums are tender to the touch, or tender even without touch, you may have root canal pain.
When at the dentist, be sure to mention your tender gums.

7. An Abscess
An abscess is something that will be seen on an x-ray as a dark spot. It is basically a hole in the jawbone because bone won’t grow around an infection.
Your dentist should let you know if you have an abscess in your tooth during your regular dentist appointment and x-rays.

8. A Discoloration
An infection in the pulp of the tooth can make it discoloured. Trauma to the tooth or breakdown in the internal structure of the tooth can make it discoloured and give it a greyish brown appearance. This discoloration is easier to see in a front tooth. The tooth pulp can die when there is an inadequate blood supply, and this is manifested as a discoloration. So, it is always a good idea to visit the dentist when tooth discoloration occurs.

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