Clapham dentist, Dr Jignesh Patel, discusses symptoms that may indicate root canal infection
Most of us are, perhaps, prone to self diagnosis when things don’t feel right with our teeth. The wealth of information, both factual and ‘fake news’ available on the internet probably encourages us to do this even more.
Even if we do try to self-diagnose though, it is still important to have any problems examined by one of the Confidental Clinic team, in order that any appropriate treatment can be given during the early stages of the problem.
One not uncommon dental problem which is often misunderstood by patients, is a root canal infection. We have discussed the treatment of this in other blogs so today, take a look instead at some of the potential signs that you might need to receive treatment for it. As noted earlier, please make sure to have any symptoms checked as sometimes the same symptom can have a different number of causes, and only an experienced dentist will be able to diagnose thoroughly.
Tooth pain, or toothache, can be caused by a number of issues, including both root canal infection and general tooth decay. Where a root canal infection is present, the pain is likely to be quite severe as this is the area that the nerves of the tooth are located. You may also find that the pain spreads to the gums as well. It will be particularly painful when you use that tooth to bite on anything or even when you touch the tooth with your finger.
Any type of tooth pain should trigger a prompt visit to our dental practice so we can examine and treat it correctly.
Swollen and sore gums
These particular symptoms are common in gum disease cases. It is not the only thing that can cause it though and especially if the swelling or soreness is at the base of one particular tooth, rather than on several teeth. This may indicate a more specific problem. Whilst this symptom, when gum disease is present, is likely to occur over a period of time, the same symptom caused by a root canal infection is likely to happen more quickly. Whichever it is though, make sure to have it checked.