Signs You May Need a Root Canal

By Dental Wellness of Lexington
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

What your dentists in Lexington, Kentucky want you to knowroot canal

Do you have a tooth that throbs every time you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages? If so, you may need a root canal. The tricky thing is you won’t always know if you need a root canal. Sometimes there are no symptoms at all. Your dentists at Dental Wellness of Lexington, in Lexington, Kentucky Dr. Anthony Feck, Dr. Maxie Combs, and Dr. Carol Wilson want to share some of the signs you may need a root canal.

There are some definite symptoms which could point to the need for a root canal, including:

  • Increasing pain from hot or cold foods or drinks
  • Increasing pain after dental treatment like fillings or crowns
  • Pain when you bite down or chew foods
  • Radiating pain that moves into your face, jaws, or head

You may not feel any pain, but you may notice some of these signs which may indicate the need for a root canal. You need to pay attention to:

  • A tooth that looks darker compared to the teeth next to it
  • A white or red bump that appears next to a tooth root
  • Drainage, bleeding, or pus that comes out near a tooth root

You may need a root canal because of deep dental decay, dental trauma from an accident or injury, or just natural causes. The truth is only your dentist can tell for sure if you need a root canal. By taking state-of-the-art digital x-rays and performing temperature and vitality testing, your dentist will determine the best course of action to eliminate pain and preserve your beautiful smile.

For more detailed information about root canal therapy, please visit the Endodontics page on the Dental Wellness of Lexington website at

If you think you might need a root canal, don’t wait. Spare yourself from tooth pain by calling your dentists at Dental Wellness of Lexington, in Lexington, Kentucky. They are experts at keeping your smile healthy, so call today!