valentine's day

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. You may recognize that fluttering feeling of being in love. But which of these symptoms are love and which mean you are in need of root canal treatment? Here’s which is which and how to know the difference. If you have any doubts or pain, book an appointment with Whistler Dental today.

Can’t Eat?

That’s a sign of Love! When you’re in love, and can’t stop thinking about someone you can lose your appetite. But be careful- root canals can stop you from being able to chew which can make it really difficult to eat too.

Sensitivity To Heat or Cold

You guessed right, that’s a sign of a root canal. If your tooth aches when you eat or drink anything hot or cold, it may be a sign of a root canal. It starts as a dull ache and gets progressively worse.

Throbbing Pain?

That’s a sure sign of a root canal. The soft tissue (pulp) inside the root canal becomes infected or inflamed and causes throbbing pain to the tooth. (Don’t get confused with heart throbbing – that’s a sign of being in love…)

Flushed Cheeks

A sign that love is in the air. When you’re in love, blood flows to your face, causes your cheeks to go red. When you have a root canal in need of treatment, the infection causes increased blood flow to the area, which makes it red too.

Gum Inflammation

Root canal pain is caused when the tooth decays or a crack or chip in the tooth causes the pulp inside the tooth to get inflamed. This causes the nerves to react which leads to gum inflammation. (Don’t get this confused with the burning desire you feel when you’re in love…)

Other Symptoms

There are other symptoms of needing root canal treatment that should definitely not to be confused with being in love. A loose tooth, puss coming from the area and when the tooth becomes a darker colour are all indications that you should go and visit your dentist as soon as possible.

Don’t Worry

Root canal treatment may seem daunting but the process actually saves the tooth. The endodontist will remove the inflamed pulp, clean and shape the inside of the root canal and fills and seals the space. A crown is then placed on your tooth to protect it.

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us here at Whistler Dental. If you’re not sure if you’re in love or in need or root canal treatment (or both!) book an appointment today.