Signs You May Need a Root Canal
By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
May 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

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Root canals are a common dental treatment to eliminate dental pain and still keep your tooth. So how do you know the pain is bad enough to need a root canal? The truth is you may or may not exhibit signs and symptoms and yet you may still need a root canal. Dr. Frank Skiba in Walnut Creek, California wants to share the signs of when you may need a root canal.

Root canal treatment is often performed because teeth have been damaged, broken or traumatized by an accident or injury involving the face. They may also be necessary due to deep dental decay which has reached the inner layer of the tooth, an area called the pulp chamber. The pulp chamber is where all of the nerves and blood supply to the tooth are located. Once the pulp becomes bruised or infected, the tooth begins to die, and you need a root canal.

It’s important to know that teeth can also die without any signs or symptoms. When this happens, you may not feel any pain. You may only notice the tooth appearing darker than the teeth next to it.

So, how do you know if you might need a root canal? There are several obvious signs and symptoms, including:

  • Increasing pain after exposure to hot or cold foods or beverages
  • Increasing pain after a filling or crown is placed
  • Aching, stabbing pain after biting down or chewing
  • Radiating pain into other areas of your face
  • A white or red bump which appears next to a tooth root
  • Bleeding, drainage or pus coming out of the bump near the tooth root

To learn more about root canal treatment, please visit the Endodontics section on Dr. Skiba’s website at

If you think you may need a root canal, don’t worry! Dr. Skiba uses only the latest state-of-the-art technology and techniques to relieve your pain and still keep your tooth. Help is on the way! Just pick up the phone and call Dr. Frank Skiba in Walnut Creek, California today!