Symptoms of Root Canal
If you have a tooth that's suspect of needing endodontic therapy, here are the type of issues and events that need to be evaluated.
Some of this input needs to come from you the patient. Other factors can only be determined by your dentist.
1. Symptoms you have noticed: It's frequently the appearance of pain or signs of infection and/or swelling that first signal to a person that their tooth has a problem.
Your dentist will quiz you about the symptoms you have experienced: Type, location, onset, triggers, duration, what if anything provides relief.
2. Signs obvious to your dentist : Some teeth seem to give little indication that there's a problem within their nerve space. But to the trained eye, there can be subtle hints that are an obvious sign that a problem likely exists.
3. Common tip-offs: Dark tooth color, evidence of drainage from infection, soft tissue changes and asymmetry.
Once a dentist has identified one or more suspect teeth, they'll perform additional testing and evaluation that can help them zero in on the one that lies at fault.
Types of testing: Thermal (hot and cold), percussion, electric pulp testing and of course x-ray evaluation (conventional and/or cone beam computed tomography).
Additional evaluation: Dental restoration status (defective, recently placed), periodontal (gum health) status, checking for tenderness, cracked tooth evaluation.