Here are the strongest indications that you may be in need of a root canal:
- Pain when eating! If your tooth hurts every time you chew or put any pressure on the tooth that could mean it’s infected.
- Sensitivity! Does your tooth feel uncomfortable or painful when you drink hot coffee? Or when you eat your favorite ice cream? Sensitivity to hot or cold stimuli is pretty common and can mean a lot of things…but major tooth problems are one of those things. Check with your dentist for sure.
- Swelling in the gums! The gums around an infected tooth can become inflamed or tender.
- Does the tooth look darker than normal? That could be because it’s decaying.