Tooth root pain has a way of getting your attention. Unlike other dental pains that can sometimes be ignored for a little while (although doing so is strongly discouraged), once the tooth roots become infected, the pain is typically severe until root canals are received.


It’s important to see a dentist in Chesapeake, VA, when the symptoms first occur, before the pain worsens and damage becomes more pronounced. If you think you may have inflammation inside the pulp of your tooth, here are a few common signs you might need a root canal.


1.       Sharp Pain


Most people with inflamed tooth roots describe the pain as sharp and sudden, although persistent aching is possible as well. The pain may occur when you put pressure on the tooth while chewing, or when you drink hot or cold liquids. You might also experience pain throughout the day for no reason at all. Whenever you have tooth pain like this, it’s important to see a dentist in Chesapeake, VA, as soon as possible.


2.       Tooth Discoloration


Some teeth become darkened in color when the pulp is infected. Since the discoloration may be hard to see with the untrained eye, it’s important to make and keep regular appointments with your dentist. Dr. Karen Parvin is experienced in spotting subtle symptoms like tooth discoloration that may indicate the need for a root canal.


3.       Bulging Gums


Sometimes, the only indication of an inner tooth infection is bulging gums around the affected tooth. The site may also feel sensitive and bleed easily. Tender, bulging gums are never normal and should be checked out by a professional right away.


When to Ask About Root Canals


If you experience any of the above symptoms, it’s a good time to ask your dentist about root canals. If Dr. Parvin examines you and determines you do need a root canal, the procedure will be scheduled as quickly as possible. Before the procedure begins, you’ll be given a local sedative to completely numb the area so you don’t experience pain. To schedule your examination today, contact our office.