5 Signs of Needing a Root Canal Treatment
March 31, 2020  |  Oral Health Care

5 Signs of Needing a Root Canal Treatment

When you're suffering from ‘pulpitis' you need a root canal treatment. Pulpitis is pulp inflammation in the innermost portion of a tooth. From there, the infection seeps down to the tooth root. While cavities and other types of oral infection occurring on the tooth's surface do not require surgery, pulpitis can not be handled without one. Pulpitis treatment is also a root canal therapy. The following are the 6 signs you can need one!

Sensitivity to sweet foods

The sweet foods contain acids such as glycine and alanine. These activate the sensory nerves within the tooth's pulp. Since pulpitis affects these sensory nerves, when you have sweet food, you will likely feel an increased sensitivity in one or more specific tooth/teeth. The primary symptom of pulpitis is assumed to be this sort of aversion to sweet food.

Sensitivity to hot and cold food

This symptom, too, is due to infection linked to the damaged sensory nerves in the pulp. Because of the sensory nerves, our teeth are naturally sensitive to hot and cold stimuli. They are more sensitive to those hot and cold sensations when these nerves are damaged. For one particular tooth, you are likely to experience this increased sensitivity if you do have pulpitis.


It is needless to say during pulpitis that you'd have a lot of bacterial infection in your mouth. Our body's immune system increases the body temperature to kill these germs. Thus, depending on the extent of the infection you can experience some moderate to high fevers.

Persistent bad breath

If you have a constant bad breath that does not subside despite maintaining good oral hygiene, there is a slight chance you may have pulpitis. However, based on this single symptom you should not judge whether you have pulpitis. Most of the time, because of smoking, you get an everlasting bad breath. However, if you also have a persistent bad taste in your mouth, that is when you should worry!

Oral bleeding

Pulpitis might also sometimes be associated with oral bleeding. This is evidence, however, that the infection has become irreversibly harmful, and could also have spread to surrounding areas. Irreversible pulpitis doesn't necessarily mean the tooth won't ever get healed. If you suspect permanent pulpitis on your tooth, immediately see a dentist!

Pulpitis is a serious condition, not to be left untreated. This poses serious risks to your dental health that might prove permanent in the future. So if you think you're getting pulpitis, book an appointment with a dentist near you in Appleton WI immediately.

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