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Do You Need a Root Canal?

Last updated 5 years ago

If you’re experiencing tooth pain, you may be wondering if you need a root canal. If your tooth is infected, a root canal can bring an end to ongoing pain. Continue reading to find out if a root canal may be the solution to your tooth pain.

Purpose of a Root Canal

When the soft tissue, called pulp, within the canal of a tooth becomes inflamed or infected, it generally must be removed. A root canal treatment can be used to remove the damaged dental pulp and restore the functionality of your tooth. The root canal procedure prevents further damage to your tooth and puts an end to your pain.

Reasons Why Root Canals Are Needed

A crack or chip in a tooth can allow bacteria into the inner portion of the tooth, causing the soft inner tissues to become infected. Deep, untreated decay can also lead to infected or inflamed dental pulp. In either of these cases, a root canal is required to remove the affected pulp.

Symptoms that Root Canals Treat

If your tooth is infected, you may experience pain and ongoing sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages. In addition, the affected tooth may be discolored and tender to pressure. You may also notice swelling and tenderness in surrounding tissue. Lesions near the infected tooth may be present, and pus drainage could also occur.

Evaluation for a Root Canal

If you are suffering from tooth pain, don’t delay seeking treatment. Your dentist can use a visual exam and x-rays to diagnose your condition and determine what treatment is necessary. Delaying treatment can result in further pain and allow the infection to develop into an abscess.

Dr. Katherine Galina of City Dental provides Los Angeles residents with general and cosmetic dentistry services. At City Dental, we are dedicated to your oral health and will work to ensure your comfort and satisfaction. Schedule an appointment today by calling (323) 850-7007.


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