WHAT IS ROOT CANAL?
DO I NEED A ROOT CANAL?
A toothache is often one of the biggest indicators that something is wrong, and can usually point toward an infection inside the tooth. However, some people do not experience pain when there is an infection present. There are other symptoms that can point toward an infected tooth and the need for a root canal.
- You experience lingering pain or sensitivity, even after what initially caused the sensation is gone.
- Facial swelling near the infected tooth.
- A bad taste in your mouth that just does not go away no matter what you do.
- Loss of bone mass in your jaw.
- Dental abscess. Usually only detectable by an X-ray, an abscess is a sac that forms to contain the bacteria that spills out of the root of the infected tooth. The longer the infection goes untreated, the abscess can grow larger and may even potentially rupture.