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Do you think you might have a deep infection within the tooth? If so, you may be in need of a root canal procedure. While the only surefire way to know if you need a root canal is to visit your dentist, there are a few telltale signs you can be on the lookout for. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, be certain to contact your dentist right away in order to improve your chances for salvaging your tooth!

Darkened or Discolored Dental Enamel

Has your white tooth suddenly turned grey or black? Is the color of your tooth changing at a faster rate than the surrounding teeth? While many things can lead to tooth discoloration, this particular scenario is indicative of severe tooth decay or the breakdown of internal tissue.

Dental Pain

If you experience pain when applying pressure or biting into crunchy foods, or if your teeth hurt when you lay down or jump around, it is possible you may be suffering from an infection within the tooth. This dental pain should be addressed as soon as possible, as early interference may allow you to salvage your tooth.

Lingering Sensitivity

We’ve all experienced brief dental sensitivity when biting into cold ice cream or sipping a hot beverage. However, if your dental sensitivity occurs often and lingers for over 30 seconds at a time, you might be in need of this dental procedure. Your pain may vary in severity from day to day, but this prolonged sensitivity is a possible sign of damage to the nerve within your tooth. Therefore, it is important that you bring this to the attention of your dentist immediately.

Gum Inflammation

While inflammation of the gum tissue can be indicative of periodontal disease or gingivitis, you might also experience this symptom as a result of an infection within the tooth. Inflammation of the gums should always be addressed with your dentist, particularly it is accompanied by pain, swelling, and a raised bump or pimple around the problem area—these could all point to the possible need for a root canal.

Headaches and Jaw Pain

Is the pain from your tooth emanating to the jaw or your head? This can be caused by a deep infection within the tooth. You might even experience an ear pain if the infection is affecting your molar. If you have these symptoms, this dental pain is likely more severe than your typical cavity.

If you’ve been experiencing these symptoms, then it is time to visit the dentist! Call Downtown Dental today to schedule your visit to one of our convenient Chicago locations.