Signs that You May Need a Root Canal
March 19, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

It’s important to notice changes in your oral health that could require immediate dental treatment.

It’s important that you are in tune with your oral health so that you can pinpoint when something is wrong. In some cases, you won’t beRoot Canal able to tell whether or not you’ll need a root canal because many of the earliest warning signs are ones that only our Grand Haven, MI, family dentist Dr. John Leitner can pinpoint. This is why you should be visiting your dentist every six months for exams and cleanings.

Actual symptoms usually don’t surface until the problem has gotten worse. Of course, this may happen if you’ve neglected seeing your dentist for routine checkups. When detected early enough, our Grand Haven, MI, dentist may be able to treat the problem before it infects the tooth and requires root canal therapy.

Warning Signs that You Need a Root Canal

So, how do you know that it’s time to come in for a dental evaluation? If you are noticing any of these issues you may be dealing with an inflamed or infected dental pulp,

Cracked Tooth

While enamel is extremely durable it can still chip, crack and fracture just like anything else. No matter whether you ate something a little too hard or your tooth was injured while playing sports, if you have a cracked or chipped tooth this can expose the nerves of the tooth, which can lead to pain. A cracked tooth needs to be treated right away.


This is the most common symptom associated with needing a root canal. After all, when a dental pulp has become inflamed or infected it results in a nagging and pretty nasty toothache. You may notice that the pain gets worse when chewing or putting pressure on the tooth.

Increased Sensitivity

You might benefit from root canal therapy if you suddenly notice that your tooth is very sensitive to extreme temperatures. For example, if sipping a steaming cup of coffee causes a serious or zapping pain in your tooth then it’s time to schedule an appointment with your dentist.

Along with these top three symptoms, you may also experience,

  • Swollen gums around the affected tooth
  • Darkening or discoloration of the tooth
  • A pimple-like growth on the gums (known as an abscess)

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms above or if you have questions about the issues you are currently dealing with, then call our Grand Haven, MI, dental practice right away. We are happy to assist you with all of your dental needs and concerns.