Signs you may need root canal therapy include:
- Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure.
- Prolonged sensitivity (pain) to hot or cold temperatures (after the heat or cold has been removed)
- Discoloration (darkening) of the tooth.
- Swelling and tenderness in nearby gums.
Do I really need a root canal?
Signs You Need a Root Canal
But signs of infection severe enough to require a root canal include: Serious teeth pain when eating or when you put pressure on the area. Teeth pain and sensitivity to hot or cold that lingers after the hot or cold stimuli have been removed. Darkening of the tooth.
How painful is a root canal?
Most people associate having a root canal with a lot of pain and discomfort. However, while most people can expect some discomfort during and after a root canal procedure, excessive pain is not normal. A root canal will treat the diseased tissue (pulp) while preserving the rest of the tooth.
Can you avoid a root canal?
A root canal can be prevented by using good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and regular dental visits. If a dentist detects a cavity, it should be fixed with a filling as soon as possible. Root canal treatment can be prevented by protecting the health of the tooth nerve.