When is a Root Canal Needed?

By Douglas Pennino, DDS
August 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth pain   root canal  

What your dentists in Barrington, IL, want you to know about root canals

If you suffer from tooth pain, you may be wondering if you need a root canal. It’s a good question, but only your dentist will know for sure,tooth pain which is why you should seek out your dentist at the first sign of a dental problem. By visiting your dentist early, you help to keep the problem small and manageable. Still, no matter what you do, you may need a root canal. The dentists at Pennino Family Dentistry in Barrington, IL, can help identify the causes, signs, and symptoms of when you might need a root canal.

You might need a root canal if you have suffered an injury or accident involving your face or jaws. You might also need a root canal if you have deep dental decay which has penetrated into the inner layer of your tooth, an area known as the pulp.

The pulp is where the blood and nerve supply to your tooth is located, so when the pulp is bruised or damaged by trauma or decay, your tooth may begin to die. Usually as a tooth begins to die, you may experience symptoms like these:

  • Pain that increases from exposure to hot or cold foods or beverages
  • Pain that radiates to other areas of your jaws, face, or head
  • Throbbing, aching, or stabbing pain during chewing or biting

You may also notice a small red or white bump on your gums next to the tooth root. The bump may be draining pus or blood, a sure sign of an abscess or infection.

Sometimes your tooth can die with little or no signs or symptoms. You may only notice the tooth getting darker or grayer compared to the teeth next to it. This is also a sign of pulp damage and the need for a root canal.

Only your dentist will know for sure by taking state-of-the-art digital x-rays and performing temperature and vitality testing on the tooth. If you think you might need a root canal, seek out the help of the experts. Call the dentists at Pennino Family Dentistry in Barrington, IL, today!