Signs That You Need a Root Canal Treatment

Signs That You Need a Root Canal Treatment

Posted by DISCOUNT DENTAL on Jun 27 2022, 08:55 AM

Signs That You Need a Root Canal Treatment

A root canal treatment is used to help treat an infected tooth. It involves the dentist removing the infected tissues from the canals inside a tooth. There are several signs that signify that you may need root canal treatment, a few of which have been listed below. 

Severe Tooth Pain That Can’t Be Treated with Medication or Dental Work

Severe tooth pain could be caused by a number of problems, including a cavity, a cracked tooth or an infection. In this case, your dentist can treat the pain through a root canal treatment.

Swelling Around the Tooth

When a tooth is affected by decay, bacteria can begin to infect the pulp tissue inside the tooth. This will cause pain and swelling, which signifies an infection. A root canal treatment will remove the infected pulp tissue and the tooth can be restored with a dental filling or crown.

Darkening of the Tooth

The darkening of the tooth is generally a sign that the nerve of the tooth is dying. This signifies that you may need a root canal treatment.

Tooth Sensitivity to Hot and Cold Temperatures

Some people with an infected tooth will experience sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, pain when biting down, or even swelling. If you notice any of these symptoms, visit your dentist as soon as possible. They will be able to tell you if a root canal is necessary.

Receding Gums Around the Tooth

If your gums are receding, that means that the root or base of your tooth is exposed. Exposed roots are sensitive and prone to decay.

A root canal is an effective way to treat a decaying root. During the procedure, your dentist will remove the damaged tissue. Next, they will sterilize the tooth and seal it for protection.

Cracks or Breaks in the Tooth near the Gum Line

A crack or break in the tooth near the gum line can be a sign that you may need a root canal treatment. A root canal treatment is needed when damage has reached the pulp of the tooth. 


Root canals are a common procedure that saves teeth from needing to be extracted. If you want to know more about root canal treatments, visit Discount Dental at 2735 W Court St, Pasco, WA 99301. You can also reach us at (509) 212-9227.

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