When is root canal treatment needed?
Root canal therapy is the only effective treatment for a tooth with a damaged or infected pulp. The dental pulp is the soft tissues inside the tooth that contain nerves and blood vessels. You may need a root canal if:
- you have a constant toothache or pain when eating
- your tooth feels more sensitive to heat and cold
- your tooth looks darker
- your tooth feels loose
- the gum around a tooth is swollen
- you have other swelling in your face or neck
If you have some of these symptoms, make an appointment with our dentists so we can examine your teeth and discuss whether a root canal or other treatment is needed. A tooth may be infected without showing obvious signs, so it's important to keep up with your regular dental check-ups.
What can happen if I don't get treatment?
It's recommended to have an infected tooth treated as soon as possible. If an infection spreads, it may lead to other problems such as a dental abscess that may require more intensive surgery.
If a tooth is too badly damaged to repair with root canal treatment, the only option will be to extract it. A missing tooth will leave a gap in your smile and can affect the teeth surrounding it, which may go crooked without support. Our dentists recommend trying to save a tooth whenever possible.