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Signs and Symptoms a Root Canal is Needed

Although most patients who contact Dr. Karen Gear for endodontic treatment experience decay tooth symptoms, not all do. For patients who experience rotten teeth, symptoms can present themselves in a variety of ways. It is important to familiarize yourself with all the different rotten teeth symptoms so that you can seek treatment early on. When left untreated, tooth decay can have a significant impact on your dental and overall quality of life.

Here are some of the most common rotten teeth symptoms to watch for:

  • Increased sensitivity – When bacteria enter into the tooth pulp, it can damage the nerves and make the tooth more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. This is the most obvious of all the decay tooth symptoms.
  • Difficulty biting and chewing –  When the tooth’s surface becomes cracked or fractured, it can be sensitive to external pressure. When chewing or biting into food, some pain and discomfort may occur.
  • Nocturnal tooth pain –  This is a signal of inflammation that can be amplified by nighttime tooth grinding.
  • Blemishes on the gum line – Pimples or other blemishes along the gum line are rotten teeth symptoms that are a clear signal of infection. They will usually ooze blood or pus when squeezed.
  • Extreme tooth pain – When rotten teeth symptoms become severe, patients can experience extreme pain that travels from the tooth to other areas of the head, such as the jaw or ear. In this case, treatment should be sought immediately.
These rotten teeth symptoms should not be ignored in any case. When left untreated, the condition will only become worse and may cause severe damage. If you are experiencing any of the above decay tooth symptoms, please contact Dr. Gear and schedule a consultation immediately.

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