Signs You May Need a Root Canal

By Dr. Steven L. Rattner DDS & Associates
July 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

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Your tooth hurts a lot, now what? Do you need a filling, or do you need a root canal? That’s a good question, and one that only your dentist can answer. That’s because diagnosing the need for root canal treatment relies upon state-of-the-art technology only available from your dentist. Your dentists at Grove Dental Arts in Gaithersburg, MD want to share some of the signs and symptoms you may need a root canal.

There are some definite signs and symptoms that you may need a root canal including:

  • Chronic, throbbing pain that doesn’t go away
  • Sharp or throbbing pain that radiates to other areas
  • Sharp pain when you consume hot or cold foods or drinks
  • Redness and swelling around a tooth
  • Yellow or white drainage coming from the root of your tooth

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should visit your dentists in Gaithersburg. Using x-rays, temperature testing and vitality testing, they can determine for sure if you can benefit from root canal therapy.

It’s important to visit your dentist because you may not experience any signs and symptoms, but you may still need a root canal. Sometimes teeth can lose their vitality naturally. The nerves and blood supply can dry up, causing the tooth to appear darker than the teeth around it.

There are many reasons why your tooth can be damaged and need root canal therapy. Teeth can be compromised due to:

  • An accident or injury to your jaws or face
  • Deep decay which has traveled to tooth pulp
  • Chronic trauma due to grinding or clenching

If you do need a root canal, it’s because the pulp, an area of tissue deep inside your tooth, is damaged or diseased. When the pulp is compromised, it causes inflammation and swelling inside your tooth. The only way to relieve the pressure is to open up the tooth and remove the diseased tissue. The tissue is then replaced with an inert material and your pain is relieved.

Typically a dental crown is recommended after a root canal because the treated tooth can become brittle and break easily. For more information about the signs and symptoms you may need a root canal, call your dentists at Grove Dental Arts in Gaithersburg, MD. They can help relieve your tooth pain, so call today!