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4 Signs You Need a Root Canal

A Root Canal - What is it?

When people hear they need a root canal, they are often flooded with feelings of panic and fear. Dental procedures can be scary, especially if you don’t fully understand what is happening beneath your pearly whites. That is why the team at Neal C. Green D.D.S. Inc. caters to cowards. We are here to ease your nerves and take you through the process step by step.

To break it down, your tooth has three layers: the enamel on the outside, a second layer called the dentin, and the soft inner core that contains the dental pulp, which is made up of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.

A root canal is a dental procedure that occurs when the pulp inside of a tooth becomes inflamed or infected. This procedure cleans out the decay while still leaving your natural tooth in place. A dental crown, or cap, may be placed on the tooth to protect it in the future.

Signs and Symptoms

How do you know if you might need a root canal? If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, don’t hesitate to call us for an appointment.

Constant Pain

One of the most tell-tale signs of a root canal is persistent and constant pain. This pain may run deep into the bone of your tooth or even into your face, jaw, or other teeth. You also may experience worsened pain at night or wake up with an unwelcome toothache.

If you experience pain after biting into your food for minutes or even hours after eating, do not ignore it. While tooth pain can result from other oral health issues like cavities or gum disease, it is recommended not to let this pain go untreated.

Tooth Sensitivity

If your tooth aches when you bite into hot food or sip on a hot cup of coffee, you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity. If an ice-cold glass of water or popsicle also bothers you, it may be time to call the dentist.

Sensitivity could feel like a sharp pain or a dull ache. It also could be prolonged for minutes or even hours after the insult. Tooth sensitivity may indicate that your blood vessels and nerves in your tooth are infected, which would mean it is time for a root canal.


Tooth discoloration can happen for several reasons. In fact, there are three different categories of tooth discoloration, including extrinsic, intrinsic, and age-related. While extrinsic discoloration is generally caused by food or beverage stains, intrinsic discoloration may appear grayish in color and can be due to trauma, medications, or tooth decay.

When you look in the mirror and recognize the color of your tooth looks off, this may indicate an infection in the dental pulp. Despite the cause, if you notice something different in the appearance of your teeth, it is always a good idea to seek professional help.

Swollen Gums

Your gums are an important part of your oral health. Swollen gums can occur for various reasons, including gingivitis or periodontitis. However, if your gum is swollen, specifically where your toothache is, this may be a sign of deeper decay and infection.

You may notice a gum boil or extreme tenderness to your gums in the infected area. Seek professional attention immediately if you are experiencing any of these symptoms before the infection worsens.

Benefits of a Root Canal

The most significant benefit of a root canal is ridding yourself of the excruciating pain you were experiencing prior to your procedure. According to the American Association of Endodontists, root canals leave you with less discomfort than having the tooth extracted.

Having a root canal also helps preserve the natural tooth, which helps maintain your genuine smile. With proper care, most teeth can last a lifetime after having a root canal.

Root Canals in Santa Clarita & Palmdale

Many dentists have to outsource root canal treatment to endodontic specialists, but here at Neal C. Green D.D.S. Inc., we proudly offer this service among many others, all under one roof. Our prices are reasonable to keep your oral health care affordable.

If you are experiencing tooth pain, don’t let fear get in the way. We cater to cowards because we understand that the dentist can be scary. We are only a phone call away, so call us today! (661) 218-2786