When should I call an endodontist?

Call a dental provider you trust to evaluate any tooth pain that won’t go away or gets worse. Waiting to get your tooth checked may decrease the chances your endodontist to be able to save your natural tooth.
You may need to call an endodontist if you have:

  • Lingering tooth pain, which specially gets worse when you lie down or during your sleep;
  • Unexplained or referred pain in your mouth or jaw, around your ears, over your face or even some headaches;
  • Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot or cold drinks or sweets, especially a painful tooth with hot drinks which only responds to cold drinks to get better;
  • Teeth that are painful when you chew food, which might have made you avoid eating on one side of your mouth;
  • Swelling, gum boils or pimples near affected teeth or gums.\

Some causes of tooth pain (such as a tooth abscess) are dangerous if left untreated. Seek immediate (ER) treatment if you injure your mouth in an accident or experience possible signs of infection, such as:

  • Fever.
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
  • Redness or swelling in your mouth that expands to your cheek.

Endodontists are dental specialists who can diagnose and treat complex endodontic diseases. If you have ongoing (chronic) dental or mouth pain, reach out to an endodontist for help. They can help pinpoint the precise cause for your current dental problem, and they can perform delicate dental procedures that can relieve pain or discomfort. Often, these treatments relieve symptoms with saving your natural tooth. It’s important to take dental pain promptly and seriously. See an endodontist, who can assist you.