7 Signs That You May Need A Root Canal

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A dentist performs a root canal to save a tooth that has an infected nerve or damaged pulp. A tooth problem that is treated with a root canal can stem from advanced tooth decay, an abscess, or trauma that exposes the nerve within the tooth. The procedure, which includes the removal of the pulp and nerve, allows the inside of the tooth to be cleared of the painful infection and sealed. Here are some indications that you may need a root canal:

Jaw Pain

If pain seems to extend from your mouth to your jaw or ears, the problem with your tooth could be near the root. Since the root of your tooth is actually embedded into your jawbone, an infection near the root can cause pressure that affects the jaws and can even radiate to your ears.


If a tooth appears to be darker than the teeth adjacent to it, the discoloration could indicate a problem with the pulp.

Temperature Sensitivity

If one of your teeth has recently developed sensitivity to heat and cold, the nerve within the tooth could be damaged. Although, under normal conditions, you may feel a brief episode of discomfort when you eat something extremely cold, the sensation should dissipate quickly. 

Tooth Pain

If you have chronic pain in a tooth, the discomfort could be due to a problem within the pulp of your tooth. If the pulp has become infected, an abscess may have formed within the tooth, placing additional pressure on the dental nerve. If you have a tooth ache that doesn't go away, you may need a root canal.

Deep Cavity

If your tooth has a visible cavity, the inside of it may no longer be protected. Bacteria can easily enter a deep cavity and cause an infection.

Abscess on the Gums

If the gums bordering your tooth develop an abscess, the infection may have originated within your tooth. The abscess, which may look similar to a pimple, can drain into your mouth, causing an unpleasant odor and taste.

Bite Pain

If you feel pain every time you bite down on something, the pain could be due to pressure on an infected root. The inflamed root will be more sensitive until the infection and dental nerve are removed.

If your tooth is painful or discolored, schedule an appointment with a professional dentist, like Rick Chavez DDS, today. Your dental provider will be able to tell if a root canal could alleviate your problem.


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Getting Your Toddler to the Dentist Once and For All

Toddlers should see a dentist for the first time by the age of twelve months or by the time their first tooth comes in. But if you are a parent with toddlers anything like mine, the prospect of going to the dentist (let alone anywhere!) can be pretty intimidating. My kids were a handful growing up. They had tantrums any time we would have to sit in a waiting room, and they refused to get in the dentist's chair during their first few visits. So, I had to employ a professional to help me make the transition to finally getting them in that dental chair without all the screaming and crying. I know I'm not the only parent in this situation, so I decided to share the information I've learned with others who can use a little help. You can find all my advice right here on these pages!