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Do you think a cavity or a root canal would be worse? If you said root canal, you aren’t alone. But, did you know that patients who have had root canals usually say the two are comparable? But, do you know what the common signs of a problem with a root canal are?

As a general rule, if you have a toothache you should call a dentist. If you have intense pain that refuses to subside, you may need root canal therapy. This is especially true if you experience pain or sensitivity to temperature while you’re chewing.

Similarly, if your gums swell you may need root canal therapy. In reality, it doesn’t matter how sever the swelling is, or if it visible outside of your smile or not. Another sign related to this problem is a painful, potentially recurring, pimple on your gums.

Finally, if one or more of your teeth start to take on a different shade, there may be a problem with your pulp—which is also known as your root canal. Because the outer layer of your teeth is transparent, if you pulp becomes infected it can be visible on your smile.

If you are interested in learning more about common signs of a root canal problem, please feel free to contact us. We are excited to hear from you soon.