Do root canal infections always show symptoms?
In the majority of cases, you will notice some type of symptom that indicates an infected root canal. Although, there are cases where there are no symptoms and the infection will only be found by your dentist on an x-ray.
This is another reason why Drs. Hilton and Marcincin stress the importance of regular checkups. When we take periodic x-rays of your teeth, we can detect a root canal infection long before it shows any symptoms and becomes serious.
Early treatment of an infected root canal is not just important for preventing symptoms, but it significantly increases the odds of saving the tooth and preventing the further spread of infection.
Some of the common symptoms of an infected root canal are:
- Increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods
- A small bump on the surface of your gum
- Discomfort when touching the tooth
- Severe pain that worsens over time
But some of these symptoms, like increased sensitivity can indicate other serious oral health problems. Only a dentist can evaluate your situation properly and determine if a root canal is necessary.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, or are overdue for a dental exam, please contact our Summit dental office. It is far easier and better for your oral health to treat a root canal infection as quickly as possible.