Do I Need a Root Canal?

Do I need a root canal?

Root canal therapy refers to the treatment administered when a tooth’s pulp is infected, inflamed or dead. The treatment removes the affected pulp and the space left is filled and covered so that reinfection doesn’t occur. Many reasons can necessitate this kind of dental procedure as explained below.


One of the most common signs that you may need a root canal is pain. If you have sensitivity to hot or cold drinks, you’ll likely to feel this pain even after you stop drinking your hot or cold beverage.

Dr. Kristina Neda and Dr. Jordan Smith explain that you can be fairly certain that you will need a root canal if the toothache you feel starts spontaneously. For example, if you such as at night when you haven’t exposed the affected tooth to any hot stimulus. This pain more often than not worsens to a headache which can get so severe that you may not remember that it started with a toothache.

If the tooth is dead, then an abscess may form in and around the tooth. This abscess can be very painful when you eat. Your throat, jaw, and cheek may also swell once an abscess develops.

However, the dentists at ThoroughDent Smiles caution that not all toothaches mean that you need a root canal. For example, some tooth pains may be due to gum recession or gum disease. The surest way to determine whether your particular pain signifies that you need a root canal is to see Dr. Kristina Neda for a thorough examination so that the cause of your pain can be identified and addressed.

A Dental Abscess

As stated above, you may also need a root canal if your tooth develops an abscess. Abscesses usually develop when the pulp is infected or dies, resulting in the formation of a pus pocket in the area of the dead tissue. You may even notice a bump on the gum area closest to the site of the dental abscess.

The pus in the abscess can start leaking and cause you to have an unpleasant taste in your mouth or even bad breath. Emergency dentists in Georgetown, KY explain that dental abscesses must be treated promptly so that the condition doesn’t affect other structures, such as the bone and other surrounding tissues. Infections causing abscesses can even migrate to other body systems and cause death!

Antibiotics may prevent the infection from spreading, but the infection can only be treated by performing root canal therapy so that all dead and infected pulp is removed.

Not every abscess requires root canal therapy. Other types of abscesses, such as periodontal abscesses (abscesses which form in the gum rather than within the tooth’s pulp), can be treated effectively without performing root canal therapy.

Deep Cavities

We asked our friend, Dr. Green, a dentist in Parker, CO, about root canals. Dr. Green says that deep cavities are a common reason for root canal therapy. The pulp of your tooth is likely to become infected if tooth decay advances to a level where it reaches your tooth’s pulp. The result of such infection is that the pulp will die or it will be inflamed and painful.

Sometimes, the infection may be painless, but that doesn’t mean that nothing should be done about it. Experts at ThoroughDent Smiles will have to perform a root canal so that all the infected pulp is removed.

Dental Trauma

If you experience dental trauma, you might need a root canal. The result of such trauma is that the nerve will die either in the immediate aftermath of the trauma or months (even years) later. Root canal therapy becomes necessary once the nerve dies as a direct outcome of the trauma.

Dental Fractures

You may also need root canal therapy if your tooth fractures to such an extent that the fracture extends to the root of your tooth. Experts at ThoroughDent Smiles may need to perform a root canal if your gum line is not sufficient enough to support a dental crown. Cleaning out the root canal leaves space in which a post can be anchored during the installation of your dental restoration.

Repeated Dental Treatments

When you undergo the same dental procedure or even different dental procedures on the same tooth, the pulp can become inflamed and require root canal therapy. Procedures that involve drilling a tooth are particularly notable for affecting the pulp if they are done repeatedly.

Dr. Jordan Smith and Dr. Kristina Neda will test your tooth to establish whether it is possible to reverse the inflammation in the tooth’s pulp or not. If the inflammation has progressed to an irreversible extent, then a root canal will be performed on that tooth.

In the past, tooth extraction was the treatment of choice any time someone experienced tooth pain. Today, better dental knowledge and superior dental technology have allowed us to save teeth that wouldn’t normally be saved. Contact ThoroughDent Smiles today if you would like to learn how we can be of help save your tooth.