Top 3 Reasons You May Need a Root Canal

At the root of your tooth, you have blood vessels and nerves. They keep the tooth healthy and give it a sensation. If these are damaged, the tooth can become painful. When there is an infection in this location, you may need a root canal treatment. Which are the most common tooth problems that need a root canal? Let’s see.


Untreated cavity

Proper oral health care can keep cavities away, for the most part. But when you already have deep decay in a tooth, simply cleaning or flossing after the fact will not help in any way. If the decay has set in deep and the tooth pulp is infected, you can feel consistent and severe pain in the tooth.

For such chronic tooth pain arising from infected pulp, even professional dental cleaning will not suffice. It would be best if you had a root canal treatment where the dentist can clean out the bacteria that is causing the decay from the tooth’s pulp, nerve fibres, and root.

The infected area is cleaned and doused with antibiotics. Finally, the canal is sealed so the infection does not occur again. To strengthen the tooth and ready it for chewing and biting, it gets a crown. Unlike tooth extraction, the root canal preserves your smile and makes sure you have a tooth surface to use for biting.

Taking proper care of your dental cleaning both at home and with regular dentist visits can help avert this situation.

Damage or trauma to the tooth 

Those who play contact sports often sustain injuries to the teeth and lips, especially when they ignore protective gear like mouth guards. A tooth can get cracked or chipped during a rough game. This gives bacteria an entryway into your tooth structure. They can infect the tooth and lead to severe pain.

An injury of this sort can also occur in an accident or fall. Such injuries may put immense pressure on the nerves at the root, causing inflammation or sensitivity to hot or cold foods.

When this happens, your dentist may recommend a root canal procedure. Remember that leaving an infection in the tooth untreated allows it to slip into your bloodstream, potentially causing other, more serious problems.

A simple dental cleaning can get rid of plaque and prevent cavities from developing. But when the bacteria has already found a way inside the tooth to the root or pulp, a root canal may be the effective solution.

Showing signs of infection  

When the infection seems deep-seated and has affected the tooth pulp, nerves, or blood vessels, a tooth extraction or root canal may be needed. As mentioned earlier, a root canal preserves the tooth and ensures you do not have a gap in your smile. Once the treatment is complete, it gives you a tooth structure that enables you to bite and chew as always.

There are some common signs that indicate a severe infection that will need a root canal. Extreme sensitivity to hot/ cold foods is a very common one. When the infection affects the root deeply, the tooth may feel like it’s ready to move from its place.

Also, the infected tooth may change colour visibly. When the pulp is infected, or the tissue inside the tooth is damaged for some reason, the tooth turns grayish. The tooth can change color when the blood vessels are affected by infection or injury. In these cases, an urgent dentist visit is critical to determine if you need a tooth extraction or root canal. Remember that the goal is not merely cosmetic treatment but stopping the infection spread and preserving the tooth if possible.


When it comes to oral health, regular brushing and flossing do help keep most common issues at bay. However, a tooth is sometimes so significantly damaged at its roots that a root canal treatment is the most effective solution. One simple way to ensure you keep the situation from getting to this stage is to focus on good oral health by making regular visits to your dentist for examination and advice.



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