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What Are Some Signs You Might Need A Root Canal?

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What Are Some Signs You Might Need A Root Canal?

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A root canal will affect the area of the tooth that houses the pulp. Unlike the hard, outer layers of enamel and dentin, the tooth pulp is soft. It is made up of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. If bacteria enters this soft tissue and it becomes infected, you might need root canal therapy, usually also called a root canal, to remove the infection and prevent it from spreading.

How Do I Know If I Need A Root Canal?

Only a dentist will be able to tell you for sure if you need a root canal. A variety of issues can cause discomfort in your tooth, and not all of them will require a root canal to alleviate your pain. Certain symptoms, though, could indicate you need a root canal. These can include:

  • Persistent toothache
  • Pain when you chew or put pressure on the tooth
  • Extreme sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Swelling in the gum tissue around a tooth
  • A blister or pus that collects around the base of a tooth
  • A change in the tooth’s color, especially dark brown or black

These symptoms can indicate infection in the tooth’s interior and should be evaluated by a dentist.

You might also require a root canal if:

  • Your tooth has suffered from severe decay
  • Your tooth has cracked
  • Your tooth has been broken off
  • Your tooth has new symptoms of decay after it has already been filled or crowned

Is A Root Canal Necessary?

Trauma to the mouth can cause damage to the enamel and dentin, allowing bacteria to enter the soft pulp. If a tooth has visibly been broken off and the pulp is exposed, a root canal will usually be necessary. If you have experienced trauma to your mouth and a tooth turns black or dark brown, you should see your dentist, as this could indicate bleeding inside the tooth due to damage to the pulp.

Some teeth crack because they have been previously treated with multiple or very large fillings, and subsequently must have root canal therapy due to infection. It is even possible to require a root canal on a tooth that has already undergone root canal therapy. If you experience any discomfort, extreme sensitivity, or other indications you might have an infected tooth, see your dentist as soon as possible to have the tooth evaluated.