Root Canal Therapy: Know the Symptoms and When to Seek Treatment

Root canal therapy is a procedure performed to save an infected or damaged tooth. There are several factors that can lead to the death of a tooth. Often, symptoms may present themselves that could indicate the need to seek further evaluation by your dental professional:

  • Severe tooth pain that continues over a long period of time and possibly interrupts your sleep or your normal daily activities.
  • Persistent pain that radiates into your ear, jaw, or temples.
  • Extreme sensitivity and pain when biting down or touching your tooth.
  • Sensitivity to extreme temperatures, hot and cold, even when the source of the heat or cold is no longer present.
  • Darkening or graying of a tooth that is noticeably different than the color of surrounding teeth.
  • Swelling along the gum line around the damaged or decayed tooth that often resembles a pimple and may discharge pus or smell or taste bad.
  • A broken or chipped tooth that causes considerable pain.
  • A large visible cavity or crack that compromises the integrity of the tooth.

These symptoms do not necessarily mean you will definitely need root canal therapy, but if they persist, it is advisable to seek quick attention from your dentist. Being aware of these signs could mean the difference in saving or losing a tooth. The sooner your dentist is able to diagnose and treat a dying tooth, the more likely they will be able to save it and preserve your healthy smile.


If you live in the Huntington Beach area and you need a root canal, contact our office today.