Do You Need a Root Canal?
The center of each tooth houses soft tissue with nerves and blood vessels. When the infection reaches the pulp, it puts pressure on the nerve and causes excruciating pain. The only way to stop the pain is to remove the pulp and clean the area. You may need a root canal if you experience:
- Severe, throbbing pain when chewing or applying pressure to the tooth
- Dental abscess or pus around the tooth
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Swollen and tender gums
- Severe discoloration
- Bad breath
Sometimes there are no symptoms, but the dentist can detect the infection during a routine appointment.