A root canal is an endodontic treatment that consists of removing a tooth’s pulp that is either inflamed or infected. The tooth’s pulp is the soft center of the tooth under the hard enamel layer and softer middle layer called dentin. The pulp contains soft tissue such as blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue.

When the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, a root canal is necessary to save the natural tooth. A tooth endodontically treated obtains its nutrients from the tissue that surrounds them, therefore, they can survive without the pulp.

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Signs a Root Canal is Needed

Some symptoms below are common signs that a patient may need a root canal:

  • Trauma to the tooth including but not limited to cracking or chipping.
  • Severe pain while chewing or biting
  • Severe or lingering sensitivity to hot or cold, even after the sensations are gone
  • Pimples on the gums
  • Deep decay in the tooth
  • Darkening of the gums
  • Issues from previous dental procedures, i.e. crowns or fillings.
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How to Avoid Needing a Root Canal

While a root canal can be a painful procedure, there are ways to avoid getting one. Proper oral hygiene is the best way to avoid needing a root canal. Regular visits to Smile at Ashburn Dental will catch any issues at an earlier manageable stage.

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