What are Root Canal Pain Symptoms?


Like the rest of our body, teeth are alive. They are nourished by a blood and a nerve supply that keeps them moist, supple, and flexible. When untreated, decay sinks into the deepest layer of the tooth or the pulp tissue. This causes the tooth to begin to die. The tooth then becomes infected and the pain from the decaying process begins.

Many people who have experienced root canal pain symptoms will tell you that they are the absolute worst! Many times, the root canal procedure gets bad press, but in reality it is the root canal pain symptoms that lead to the procedure that have you in pain. A root canal procedure provided at the dental offices of Dr. Thomas L Anderson and Associates is what will get you out of pain!

We are here to inform you of common root canal pain symptoms. It is not meant to replace a visit to your dentist, and if you find yourself having any of the common symptoms contact one of our three conveniently located offices ASAP! Sometimes these symptoms appear to “go away” only to come back at the most inconvenient times.

Root Canal Pain Symptom #1: You experience moderate to severe pain that occurs when your tooth is exposed to hot or cold temperatures. This will often occur when you are consuming liquids or foods. You may notice that the pain lingers for a while.

Root Canal Pain Symptom #2: You have percussion sensitivity. This means you may experience moderate to severe pain when chewing or biting on a tooth. The tooth may also be sensitive to touch.

Root Canal Pain Symptom #3: Facial swelling. The infection occurring within your tooth may cause swelling in your face.

Root Canal Pain Symptom #4: A toothache that wakes you up at night. You may also feel as though Tylenol or Ibuprofen are they only things that provide you enough relief to function comfortably.

Root Canal Pain Symptom #5: You have an abscess on your gums near the tooth. This will appear like bubble or pimple on your gum. It may also release blood or pus when pressure is applied.

Root Canal Pain Symptom #6: A radiating pain is occurring from your tooth through your jaw or possibly into your ear. Example would be pain in a lower back tooth that radiates to your ear on the same side and feels like an ear ache.

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So, what should you do if you are experiencing any or all of these root canal pain symptoms? Contact our office immediately. An infected tooth is not something to ignore. Your dental hygiene can affect many areas of your body. If you are in need of a dentist that can get you in for an emergency, contact Thomas L. Anderson and Associates. Our practice prides itself in providing emergency appointments for patients in need of immediate dental care. Our four, gentle dentists, will get you out of pain quickly. We understand that root canal pain symptoms are extremely painful, and will do our best to get your comfortable.

If you are in need of emergency dental care, contact the offices of Thomas L. Anderson and Associates today at one of our three conveniently located dental office locations within the Kansas City area, including Lee’s Summit / Independence, the Country Club Plaza and Downtown Kansas City. The gentle dentists and expert team at Thomas L. Anderson and Associates look forward to working with you to treat your dental emergency, achieve proper oral health and a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. If you have any questions about your dental insurance benefits, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are happy to review your policy! Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment and become part of our dental family.