Symptoms of a root canal infection

Written by dana severson
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When someone has the unfortunate need for a root canal, he has most likely been dealing with a great deal of pain already. This procedure can bring with it the potential of infection. Usually, the area will be left somewhat exposed until a permanent crown can be adhered. Even when you're fitted with a temporary crown, there is still the possibility of infection, That can result in further pain and other issues.

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The most frequent symptom of a root canal infection would be the presence of a toothache. It will most likely be an almost unrelenting pain that is fairly severe and often throbbing.


This particular symptom isn't all that surprising, especially in light of the pain, but a person who is suffering from a root canal infection will typically experience a certain amount of sensitivity to temperature, both cold and hot.


Many people will also suffer from some level of swelling to either the nearby gum or cheek. This swelling is usually accompanied by some tenderness.

Bad Breath

Depending on the severity of the infection, a person may begin to suffer from something that can only be described as bad breath. However, this is really from the tooth infection itself. Any abscess that may have formed could break open.


Sometimes, the pain from the root canal infection may be so severe that a person's neck may become stiff. This particular symptom will only be present with other symptoms. Just having a stiff neck doesn't indicate a root canal infection (or any other tooth infection) without any other symptoms.

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