When Do You Need A Root Canal?

So, when do you need a root canal? Did simply mentioning this procedure send a shiver down your spine? Unfortunately, years of misinformation have lead people to avoid this crucial procedure. The fact is, endodontic treatment can protect your smile and is often comparable to receiving a dental filling. Without proper treatment you could risk losing a tooth.

When Do You Need A Root Canal? Quiz

  1. True or False: The procedure addresses dental infection.
  2. True or False: Your tooth will look natural afterward.
  3. True or False: We will use anesthetic to ensure comfort.
  4. True or False: A toothache may be a warning sign of an infection.

Answer Key

  1. True. When a tooth becomes infected or develops an abscess, a root canal treats the tooth and prevents the infection from spreading. Otherwise, the tooth would require removal to protect the rest of the smile.
  2. True. The procedure involves opening the tooth to remove the infected tissue. The dentist then thoroughly cleans the inside of the tooth and the root canals. Afterward, the tooth will be filled with a restorative material, before being capped with a dental crown. The crown will be custom-made from ceramic material for a lifelike material. Using CEREC technology, the doctor can even create and place the restoration in one visit.
  3. True. Prior to the procedure we will administer a local anesthetic. However, if you still feel nervous about the procedure we can also discuss possible sedation options to help you enter a more relaxed and calm state.
  4. True. Possible warning signs of an infection include toothaches, tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, pain when eating, swelling near the tooth, fever, and a foul tasting discharge from the tooth. We urge you not to ignore these warning signs and to instead schedule a consultation with our team.