Root canal is a treatment that improves the living standards of patients by solving aching dental problems. After the tooth starts to ache, it means that the nerves in the tooth roots have begun to be affected. Therefore, our advice to patients is to go to routine dentist checks every six months without toothache. Because as soon as the tooth hurts, the probability of the caries contacting the nerves is already very high. Therefore, the possibility of root canal treatment increases even more. So, what are the signs and symptoms of an infected root canal? Keep reading to learn more about symptoms of infected root canal.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment is the process of removing the pulp living tissue (consisting of blood vessels and nerves) inside the teeth due to tooth decay and trauma. This infected tooth will have some symptoms. As there will be intense pain in the teeth, sometimes there may be no pain. Or the person may experience temporary pain. In such cases, root canal treatment is a very important treatment to ensure the continuity of the tooth.
The Signs and Symptoms of An Infected Root Canal
First of all, it is important to find out what type of pain the patient has. Thanks to some of the questions we will ask here and the feedback we receive from the patients, we can detect the symptoms of the infected root canal.
Most Common Symptoms of An Infected Root Canal
Persistent or temporary toothache
A tooth with night pain is one of the most important symptoms and signs of an infected root canal. Therefore, 90% root canal treatment will be required for this tooth.
When the person lies horizontally at night, severe pain in the form of a pulse increases. Because lying in a horizontal position increases blood pressure on the teeth. Therefore, the pressure inside the tooth increases even more. This is the most obvious symptom of an infected tooth root.
These people should lie upright at night and should treat the teeth with cold water frequently. Because lying upright and cold will reduce the pressure inside the tooth due to the shrinkage of the abscess in the tooth. Therefore, toothache will also decrease a little.
Another symptom of infected tooth root can be understood by looking at how long the pain lasts. If a pain lasts 5-10 minutes and the pain goes away after using painkillers, this may be a sign of an infected tooth root. Because as soon as a bruise touches the nerves, the nerves begin to be damaged.
Since micro-organisms enter the nerves, decay begins in the room where the veins and nerves, which we call pulp, are located in the tooth. Once this starts, there is no turning back. Therefore, in this case, the person will need root canal treatment.
Pain when you touch the tooth
One of the another symptoms of infected tooth root is understood by lightly touching the tooth. If the person feels pain in the tooth when the dentist hits the tooth with the tool we call percussion, this is a sign of an infected tooth root for us. However, it is not a definitive diagnosis.
Because this sensitivity can sometimes be confused with another discomfort in the tooth. When there is an abscess in the gum between 2 teeth, whichever tooth you hit, both will have sensitivity. It would be wrong to diagnose directly infected tooth root symptom and root canal treatment.
Therefore, when there is percussion pain when the dentist hits the tooth, the dentist should immediately check whether food residues are stuck on the sides of the tooth and between them. Percussion is a very important factor and it must be supported with panoramic x-rays. If there are black lesions under the roots in the panoramic x-ray, in addition to this, if there is sensitivity when the tooth is hit with a percussion device, then this will be a definitive diagnosis.
Well, X-ray was taken and if there is no abscess at the tip of the root, is root canal treatment still required?
Yes, it may be required. If the nerves are affected, it takes 3 to 6 months to reflect on the radiograph. In other words, it takes a while for that formation in the bone to appear radiographically. The abscess at the tip of the root may not be visible if an x-ray is taken immediately when a newly started caries touches the nerve and the nerves react acutely to this situation. However, the infection has started inside the nerves. In such a case, root canal treatment will be required.
Color changes in dark yellow and gray tones on the teeth can be one of the symptoms of an infected root canal. Infected tooth roots have limited blood flow. For this reason, the nerves inside the tooth are gradually damaged and the tooth eventually dies. Therefore, people should follow the color changes and caries in their teeth well.
Color changes in the teeth are the most important sign of infection in the root of the tooth and should be treated with root canal treatment immediately.
Sensivity To Heat and Cold
If you have a sudden onset of sensitivity in your teeth, consult your dentist immediately. Because the underlying cause may be caries, infection or a gum problem. The dentin tissue under the enamel layer has a permeable structure. If you have a sensitivity in your teeth, it is because the dentin tissue is exposed.
Tooth decay causes the destruction of the enamel layer. Thus, the dentin tissue is exposed and the tooth becomes sensitive to heat and cold. Usually, heat-induced toothache or sensitivity is a sign that the nerve tissue of the tooth is infected. Therefore, this means that the caries is very advanced and the infection has reached the root of the tooth.
Bad breathe and Abscess
If there is a swelling in the gum around your aching tooth, this is an indication that the infection in the tooth has progressed. Tooth abscesses are the source of advanced infection in the teeth. Therefore, if left untreated, it can cause very serious health problems.
Tooth decay causes a bad odor in the mouth. Advanced dental caries also causes tooth roots to become infected. Therefore, an advanced dental caries causes bad breath and the need for root canal treatment in the tooth.
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