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7 Common Signs You Need a Root Canal

May 29, 2024

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When your tooth hurts once in a while, it’s usually not a big deal. But if it keeps hurting, it could mean there’s a serious problem, like an infection in the root. Catching and treating these infections early is really important to save your tooth and avoid more problems later on.

Understanding Root Canal Therapy

A root canal is a dental procedure that addresses an infected dental pulp. The pulp is the soft tissue within your tooth, housing nerves and blood vessels. This infection can arise from deep decay, a cracked tooth, or repeated dental work on the same tooth. During a root canal, the dentist carefully and precisely removes the infected pulp, followed by a meticulous cleaning and disinfection of the root canals (tiny passageways within the tooth’s root). The dentist then seals the area to prevent further complications. Often, a crown is placed on the tooth afterward to restore its strength and functionality.

7 Key Signs Indicating the Need for Root Canal Therapy

Ignoring a potential root canal infection can lead to increased pain and additional complications. Here are 7 crucial indicators to be aware of:

  • Persistent Pain: This is the most prevalent symptom. A root canal infection often results in a constant, throbbing pain that may worsen at night and disrupt sleep patterns.
  • Temperature Sensitivity: Does your tooth exhibit extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures? Lingering pain after consuming something hot or cold could signify an underlying issue.
  • Tooth Discoloration: A healthy tooth should maintain a natural color. Discoloration ranging from yellowing to brown, gray, or black can be a sign of pulp death due to infection.
  • Cracked or Chipped Teeth: Cracks and chips create an entry point for bacteria, potentially leading to infection.
  • Swollen or Tender Gums: Swollen, tender, or red gums surrounding a specific tooth might indicate an underlying infection.
  • Gingival Abscess: In some cases, a root canal infection can trigger the formation of a bump on the gums near the affected tooth. This is medically termed a gingival abscess.
  • Persistent Bad Breath : Persistent bad breath can be a sign of a root canal infection.


Early diagnosis and treatment of a root canal infection are paramount to prevent further complications and preserve your natural tooth. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, scheduling an appointment with Lakeshore Dental. With advancements in dental technology and a focus on patient comfort, root canals are a reliable and effective way to restore your oral health and enable you to smile pain-free once again.


How do I know if I need root canal treatment?

You may need a root canal if you experience persistent tooth pain, sensitivity to hot or cold, tooth discoloration, swollen gums, or a pimple-like bump on the gums.

What is the cost of root canal treatment?

Cost varies but generally ranges depending on factors like tooth location and severity of the infection.

How painful is a root canal?

Modern procedures are usually not very painful, as local anesthesia is used. Some discomfort afterward is common but manageable with pain medications.

Are there any alternatives to root canal treatment?

Alternatives include tooth extraction, antibiotics (temporary relief), and pulpotomy (partial pulp tissue removal), but it’s best to consult with our dentist for the most suitable option.

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