Signs a Root Canal Is Needed

illustration of an infected tooth needing root canal therapy

Root canal therapy sounds more intimidating than it actually is! In fact, root canals are a relatively common procedure that can save the health of a natural tooth. There are many signs that may point to the fact that you need root canal therapy. Read on to learn more about this treatment and what signs may indicate it’s necessary.

Root Canal Therapy 101

A root canal is designed to remove damaged or diseased pulp from inside the tooth’s canals. To do this, dentists make a small entry point at the top of the crown. After removing the damaged pulp, they completely disinfect the inside of the tooth and fill it with a material that will help keep future infection at bay. After the root canal is complete, a crown is put over the tooth for added protection.

How Do I Know If I Need a Root Canal?

This is a valid question and one we receive often! There are some common symptoms that you can watch for that could be a sign a root canal is needed. These signs include:

  • Chronic Tooth Pain
  • Pain When Biting Down
  • Persistent Tooth Sensitivity to Hot & Cold
  • Sudden Tooth Discoloration
  • Sore on Gums

Experiencing any of the above symptoms? We recommend scheduling a consultation as soon as possible. Ashley Laird, DDS and our experienced dental team can help you regain a healthy smile once more!

Does Root Canal Treatment Cause Discomfort?

Contrary to popular belief, root canals are actually geared towards alleviating pain, not causing it. Your dentist will completely numb the area around your tooth before beginning the root canal process. Many dentists also offer sedation dentistry to help you feel comfortable and at ease throughout the entire process!

Questions about root canal therapy? We’d be happy to answer them. Please contact our office or schedule a consultation to learn more!

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