This procedure is needed to treat large cavities or any advanced tooth decay, before the tooth can be restored. Dentists recommend a root canal to fix cracks in a tooth that will allow bacteria or viruses to attack the nerves and pulp of the tooth. Any severely damaged tooth due to an injury or accident also necessitates a root canal.
Tell-tale Signs that You May Need a Root Canal
- Severe tooth pain when chewing or when pressure is applied
- Prolonged sensitivity to cold or hot temperatures (after they are removed)
- Darkening or discoloration of the tooth
- Inflammation and soreness of adjoining gums
- Persistent or a periodic pimple on the gums
Root Canals are reputed to be painful, but most patients will attest that the procedure it is more like having a filling. Patients experience severe pain prior to the procedure, motivating them to seek dental care.