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Signs & Symptoms You May Need a Root Canal

July 8, 2021 3:35 pm | Published by

At Vista Ridge Family Dentistry, we wish for everyone to have a beautiful, healthy smile. Sometimes though, life happens and you may find yourself dealing with a dental issue. When this occurs, we want to make sure you know exactly what to look out for and that you have a general idea of what it might mean so you can seek professional care if necessary.

Take root canals for example. You might not be able to properly diagnose whether or not you need a root canal, but there are some signs you can check for that may signal it’s time to see a dentist. Here are a few of those common symptoms:

Prolonged Tooth Sensitivity

It’s normal to feel some sensitivity in your teeth after drinking or eating foods that are very hot or very cold. But if this sensation lingers for a while after you’ve consumed the item, then it could signal an issue.


As an infection in your tooth spreads, it can cause pain not just in the tooth but also in your gums. This pain could range from a dull to a sharp sensation, and you may feel it consistently or only when the area comes into contact with something.

Tooth Discoloration

It’s one thing to have your teeth turn a yellowish shade due to poor oral hygiene or certain staining foods. It’s another if a tooth darkens and turns grey. When the latter happens, it could mean that the infection has spread within the tooth.

While these are some of the most common signs that you may need a root canal, everyone’s experience is different. You may be experiencing all of these, or you may be experiencing just a couple of them. In either case, it’s in your best interest to see a dentist to get a professional diagnosis. Contact Vista Ridge Family Dentistry today if you’d like to come in for a consultation! At our Cedar Park dental office, we provide root canal therapy as part of our restorative services.

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