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Do I Need a Root Canal

If you haven’t been to see the dentist in quite e while, you might be wondering if there’s anything wrong with your teeth. While it’s never good to go more than 6 months without seeing your dentist, even if your teeth feel fine it’s possible for infection and inflammation to live in your teeth without you even realizing it. Then again, more often than not if there’s something wrong with your teeth, you’ll know about it and, unfortunately, it probably won’t feel too good.

But when do you need a root canal?

Root canal treatment is designed to eliminate infection and inflammation inside the delicate interior of the tooth, know. As the dental pulp. When a crack or cavity allows bacteria inside the tooth this way, it feeds on the tissues inside and continues to spread to sourrounding tissue and teeth. While some patients mistakenly believe a dental infection only affects a single tooth, if left untreated it can do serious damage elsewhere as well.

So, what do you need to look for?


Pain is generally one of the first symptoms to be aware of. If you ever experience dentalpain, it’s generally a good idea to get in touch with your dentist. The pain associated with the need for a root canal will generally be constant and intense. It will also be incredibly painful when you apply pressure to the affected tooth.


Sensitivity is the next most common symptom. But we are not talking about minor sensitivity that is genetic or caused by receding gums. This sensitivity will be intense and will last far longer, even after the hot or cold stimulus has been removed.

Dental abscesses

a Dental abscess forms when infection in your tooth begins to fester and spread into your gums. This can sometimes form a white, pimple-like bump on your gums near the affected tooth. It can also contribute to bad breath and a nasty taste in your mouth. It will also come accompanied by swelling of the gums.

If you think you might need a root canal, don’t wait to get treatment. While you might think you’re saving money by touching it out, an infection in your teeth doesn’t stop at your teeth, no if you don’t get it treated promptly it will be much more damaging and much more expensive to treat in the long run.

Common Questions about Root Canals

Root canal therapy is a common dental procedure used to save a tooth that’s become infected. Put simply, when bacteria makes its way to the inside of your tooth, infection and inflammation can spread to the dental pulp and the root canal – which rests inside and underneath each of your teeth.

At Cypress DDS, we frequently help patients preserve their teeth with expert root canal treatment in Cypress, CA. Learn more about the procedure and the many questions that patients have about it below.

Unfortunately, root canal treatment (often simplified to: “Root canal”) has a reputation for being painful and uncomfortable. This leads us to the first most frequently asked questions about root canal treatment:

“Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?”

You’ll be happy to know the answer here is: no. The reputation root canals have for being painful comes from a combination of misconceptions. First, dental science has come a long way. Years ago, patients had to bear drilling and cleaning of the root canal with limited anesthesia – which had a tendency to be very painful. On top of this, the pain associated with the toothache from an infected root canal also makes patients assume the procedure is painful. In reality, root canal treatment with modern anesthesia is virtually painless and no more uncomfortable than a common filling. If you’re nervous about pain and discomfort and think you might need a root canal, realize this: root canal treatment is designed to alleviate pain, not cause it.

What symptoms are associated with the need for root canal therapy?

There are occasions when there are actually no symptoms present when a patient needs root canal treatment. However, more often than not, there are a few indicators and they are generally hard to ignore.

  • Sensitivity that persists after hot or cold stimuli have been removed.
  • Severe pain when you apply pressure to a tooth while eating
  • A tooth that’s become disccolored over time
  • Gums that are swollen, tender, or bleeding near a painful tooth
  • A pimple-like bump on your teeth

How to avoid needing a root canal

Apart from regular visits to your dentist, the best way to avoid the need for root canal treatment is to take good care of your teeth, that means regular brushing (twice to three times a day) and flossing, while also working to minimize bacteria in your mouth with mouth washes and other anti-bacterial rinses.

What are the causes of a root canal?

Generally, the causes of infection or inflammation that lead to the need for root canal treatment center around bacteria that reaches its way to the inside of your tooth. This can come from the following source:

  • A tooth that’s been injured or broken
  • Dental procedures performed on the same tooth
  • A deep, untreated cavity

Have more questions about root canals? For patients in Cypress, CA we’re here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and wave goodbye to pain.