When Do You Need A Root Canal Therapy?

It may not be an easy task for you to figure out by yourself if you need an endodontic therapy. However, there are numerous signs and symptoms that the patients who need root canal therapy experience. Also, there are some other signs which are not very obvious and in such a case only a dentist will be able to tell if you need a root canal therapy.

Signs the Patient Notices:


Tooth pain does not always mean that a patient needs a root canal therapy. At times, a tooth requiring endodontic therapy does not pain at all. However, if you are experiencing pain that indicates the need for a root canal therapy, you should know that:

  1. The severity of pain can range from nothing to extreme.
  2.  It could be a throbbing pain
  3.  The level of pain could change as you move

4. The discomfort could be so severe that it wakes you while you are sleeping

Gum Tenderness, Swelling, Infection

Signs of infection such as swelling do not always occur in a case where root canal therapy is required. But, when these signs show up, they show these characteristics:
1. The level of swelling from slight to quite pronounced

2. The swelling may come and go as time passes but might not disappear completely

3. A gum boil which contains pus can form on your gums

4. Due to the presence of infection, the tooth might feel slightly elevated

Signs the Dentist Notices:

To get to know if your tooth needs an endodontic therapy done, your dentist will remove an x-ray. The x-ray film will show a dark spot at the centre of the tooth’s root. The dentists refer to this dark spot as “radiolucency”. This is one of the signs you need root canal treatment done.

Persistent or Recurring Gum Boils
An infection inside a tooth can result in the formation of a pimple like thing that carries pus on the patient’s gum tissue. Patients refer to this as “gum boils” but for dentists it is “fistulous tracts”. As the infection increases or decreases, the boil size may rise or fall.

Individually Darkened Teeth
Discoloration of a tooth indicates that pathological changes have taken place within its nerve space. This is one of the signs your dentist will suspect that your tooth requires a root canal therapy.

Now we know that all types of teeth pain do not have to be treated with a root canal therapy. If you experience any pain in your teeth, you should see a dentist soon to find out the cause of the pain. Once your dentist confirms that you need a root canal, only then you should be sure that you really need it.