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How Do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?


A root canal is needed when the blood vessels, nerves, and lymph vessels inside of a tooth become infected. Typically, these infections begin with a tooth that is damaged or decayed, which can compromise the protection of these inner soft tissues or “pulp.” Though this condition sounds painful—and often causes tooth sensitivity, swelling, tenderness, pain when eating, and/or a constant throbbing sensation—not all patients will experience symptoms.

Most patients believe that if their teeth do not hurt, their teeth are healthy. However, there are many oral health problems that do not cause pain, but can increase your risk for more complicated and costly dental issues. A tooth with infected inner tissues in need of a root canal could potentially cause no pain and still ultimately require a tooth extraction if left untreated. Consequently, our dentists recommend twice yearly oral exams and treating all dental issues as soon as possible to keep your smile healthy.

If you think you may need a root canal, or wish to schedule an oral exam with one of our dentists, please contact us today.