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Root Canal and Dental Symptoms

Some symptoms exist that will help a patient know if they have a problem with their root canal or if root canal treatment is necessary. Symptoms include:

  • Momentary sensitivity to hot or cold foods - Sensitivity is usually not serious and may be caused by a small decay in the root canal, loose filling or gum recession. Use toothpastes for sensitive teeth and brush up and down with a soft brush.
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods - Dental work may inflame the pulp inside the root canal. If pain persists or worsens after a few weeks, see your dentist, who may suggest root canal treatment.
  • Sharp pain when biting down on food – This occurs if decay, or a loose filling or crack in the tooth exists. Pulp inside the root canal may be damaged. If the pulp is damaged see an endodontist for a possible root canal.
  • Lingering pain after eating hot or cold foods – The pulp probably has been damaged by deep decay or physical trauma. See an endodontist who can save the tooth with root canal treatment.
  • Constant and severe pain and pressure, swelling of gum and sensitivity to touch – A tooth may be abscessed, causing an infection in surrounding tissue and bone. See an endodontist for root canal treatment.
  • Dull ache and pressure in upper teeth and jaw – A sinus headache or teeth grinding can cause this type of ache. For sever pain, a root canal may be necessary.