Root canals do not hurt. During root canals, patients are given anesthesia that does not hurt the patient. It generally causes a bit of numbness and soreness after the procedure and can even result in mild discomfort for a few days.

Do Root Canals Hurt?

How do you know if you need a root canal?

Root canals are necessary when teeth are damaged due to injury, genetics, deep cavities, or previous fillings. 

Common symptoms indicating the need for a root canal include-

  • Continuous toothache

If you have ongoing tooth pain, it could be a sign that you need a root canal. The pain may be constant or come and go, but it always comes back. The pain might be deep within your tooth or can also be felt in your face, jaw, or other teeth.

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold

When your tooth reacts to hot or cold temperatures, it could indicate an infection or damage to the blood vessels and nerves inside the tooth, which may require a root canal.

  • Tooth discoloration

If your tooth starts to change color, it could indicate an infection in the tooth pulp. When the internal tissue of the tooth is damaged or if there has been trauma, the roots of the tooth may be affected, resulting in a grayish-black appearance. Insufficient blood supply to the tooth can cause the pulp to die, indicating a potential need for a root canal.

  • Swollen gums

If you notice that your gums are swollen near a painful tooth, it could be a sign that a root canal is needed. The swelling may come and go and may or may not be tender to the touch.

  • Pain when you eat or touch the tooth

If your tooth hurts when you touch it or eat, it could mean you have severe tooth decay or nerve damage. Then it may require a root canal treatment, especially if the pain continues after you stop eating.

  • A chipped or cracked tooth

If you accidentally chip or crack your tooth through an injury, sports, or biting on something hard, bacteria can enter and cause inflammation and infection.

Even if your tooth is injured without any visible chips or cracks, the nerves of the tooth can still be damaged, leading to inflammation, pain, and sensitivity. It may indicate the need for a root canal treatment.

If you experience any of these symptoms, consider a quick root canal treatment to alleviate the pain and restore the health of your tooth.

Protect Your Tooth with Pain-Free Root Canal Treatment 

Say goodbye to discomfort and hello to a beautiful smile! If you are experiencing extreme tooth pain or sensitivity, contact us at Pinnacle Dental Plano. Our skilled dental team is here to provide pain-free and effective root canal treatment. Make an appointment to schedule your root canal consultation and take the first step towards healthier, pain-free teeth.

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