Root Canal Symptoms

and The Reasons For Root Canal Treatment.

Root canal symptoms, or "the reasons for root canal" are usually quite clear. Occasionally, things can be a bit more complicated, but this is uncommon. In medical jargon, symptoms are things that you can feel, whereas signs are the things that are visible to someone else.

The first thing people notice when a tooth has a problem is sensitivity to sweet or cold. This tells us that something is wrong, but usually it can be fixed quite easily at this early stage.

When a tooth gets sensitive to HEAT, then we start to worry.

IF it reacts to hot and cold equally, and the pain goes away within ten seconds or so, then there's a good chance that the tooth just needs a filling, or has some other problem that is reversible. It can be fixed.



But if the tooth is painful when you have something hot to eat or drink, and it continues to ache for a while afterwards, then the tooth probably has pulpitis. This is the dentists' word for inflammation of the nerve inside the tooth.

Pulpitis is usually caused by bacteria getting into the nerve due to tooth decay. Sometimes pulpitis develops without any bacteria, after a tooth takes a blow, for example in a cycling accident. Pain on heat that takes a while to settle down may mean that the nerve inside the tooth is dying. It cannot be reversed. It will continue to get worse. To save the tooth, it will need a root canal treatment.

Root Canal Symptoms

The problem is, at this stage it can be difficult to pin down exactly which tooth is causing the problem. Although you will be having toothache, it may feel like it is coming from several teeth! Or from a different one to the REAL one.

I have experienced this myself twice, 15 years apart. Each time, a tooth needed root canal, but I was also getting pain from another tooth! I was shocked to feel pain in a tooth that I knew was healthy!

This is when your dentist has to do some detective work. He has to figure out which tooth really IS causing the pain. Sometimes it can be very difficult. Unfortunately, this is also the time when the pain can be the worst.

As the nerve continues to gradually get more inflamed, the tooth may become sore to bite on, or to tap on. This is due to the pulpitis spreading to the tooth root. At this stage, it becomes very clear which tooth is causing the problem. You can pinpoint it without any difficulty.

Now the dentist can check all the root canal symptoms, and talk with you about the options you have. If you really do have an irreversible pulpitis, your only options are to have the tooth taken out, or else try to save it with root canal treatment.