Root Canal Explained

HOW IS THE NEED FOR ROOT CANAL TREATMENT DETERMINED?

The need for root canal treatment is determined from x-ray findings and/or certain specific symptoms:

 

  • spontaneous pain

  • strong or lingering cold sensitivity

  • chewing or bite sensitivity (in many but not all cases)

 

The range of symptoms can vary from a simple awareness that something "feels different" to some of the most excruciating pain one is likely to experience.

 

Although a dying tooth most often experiences one of these symptoms, in some teeth the process progresses to the abscess stage with no symptoms at all.   In these cases, only x-rays can allow a diagnosis. You can be assured, root canal treatment will not be recommended unless the need for it is clearly established. 

WHAT CAUSES A TOOTH TO NEED A ROOT CANAL?

ROOT CANAL PROCEDURE