Signs That You Are In Need of a Root Canal

A root canal treatment is basically a dental procedure, where the nerves and pulp of a tooth are removed. The root canal is then filled with a biocompatible material, and sealed with adhesive cement.

The procedure offers a solution to multiple dental problems, particularly infections and pulp damage. However, many people simply don’t know when to go for the treatment, which puts their teeth in danger.

So how do you tell if one or several of your teeth need root canals?

root-canal-treatment-irvineWell, a comprehensive dental checkup is the best way to determine that. Nonetheless, some of the symptoms that may necessitate a root canal include:

  • Ultra-sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Some pain when you touch the affected tooth
  • Crack(s) in the tooth
  • Swollen or very tender gums
  • Irritable tooth nerves

Additionally, incomplete treatment in the past may also damage your tooth, to a point where you may need a root canal to wade off infections. Of course, you may never realize that, until you have a talk with your dentist. Schedule a visit as soon as you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms, or have an intuition that one of your teeth has a problem.

Basically, your dentist will carry out one or several tests to establish the underlying condition, and to determine whether you are the best candidate for a root canal. Test options include:

  • X-rays
  • Electric testing of the gums, nerves around the tooth and the inner pulp
  • Thermal test where the problematic tooth is exposed to extreme temperatures to determine the sensitivity of the nerves
  • Probing, either with fingers or an object


Will You Feel Pain During Root Canal Treatment?

Thanks to modern science and improved medicine, most procedures (including root canals) are now painless.

You are only likely to feel pain before treatment, or when the local anesthesia is applied. Of course, depending on your condition and treatment procedure, there may be a slight discomfort for a few hours after the treatment. However, the dentist will prescribe a painkiller, and advice on ways to reduce the pain.

Temporary Pain Relief
In most states, dental appointments are usually made in advance. This means you may have to wait a few days for your root canal treatment.

In case you find yourself in such a situation, here are a couple of home remedies that may help in relieving pain.

  • Buy some over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen
  • In case of an infection, buy an Over-the-counter antibiotic
  • Avoid putting pressure on the problematic tooth. Basically, don’t pass food or drinks through it.
  • Take it easy, rest and relax until the due date. Seeking ‘convenient’ treatment options may further complicate the situation.

Bottom line:
Root canal treatment can cure a multitude of dental problems, and permanently alleviate teeth pain. However, it shouldn’t be a go-to solution for every little problem. We strongly recommend getting your dentist’s opinion before going ahead with the procedure.

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