Signs You May Need a Root Canal

By Michael S. Tosatti, D.M.D.
June 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

What your dentists in Berlin want you to know about root canal therapy

Tooth Pain

Are you troubled by aching, stabbing tooth pain that keeps you up at night? Does your tooth throb when you bend down? If you are experiencing moderate to severe tooth pain, it could be a sign you need a root canal. Dr. Michael Tosatti and Dr. Samantha Matus in Berlin, CT, want to share some additional signs and symptoms you may need a root canal.

Modern root canal therapy is state-of-the-art, using only the finest techniques, tools, and technology to eliminate tooth pain. The good news is you still get to keep your tooth and your intact smile!

There are many reasons why you might need a root canal. You may have severe tooth decay that has entered the pulp chamber, which is the innermost layer of your tooth. The pulp chamber is where the blood supply and nerves to the tooth are located. Once this area is damaged, you need a root canal. The pulp can also be bruised or damaged from trauma involving your teeth, jaws, or face.

Some of the more common signs and symptoms of pulp damage include:

  • Increasing pain when you consume hot or cold foods or drinks
  • Aching, stabbing, or throbbing pain when you bite down or chew
  • Radiating pain moving into your jaws or other parts of your head

Examine your gums next to the painful tooth and look for a white or red bump next to the tooth root. You may also notice blood or pus draining from the bump. These are both indicators of an infected tooth.

If you think you might need a root canal, don’t wait. The pain may get much worse. Your dentist can tell whether you need a root canal by taking digital x-rays and performing temperature and vitality testing to determine the health of your tooth.

For more detailed information about root canal therapy procedures please visit the Root Canal Treatment section on the website at

If you do need a root canal, don’t worry. Root canals are a great way to eliminate your pain and still keep your smile whole. Don’t think about tooth removal until you’ve considered root canal therapy. For more information about how a root canal can help you, call Dr. Tosatti and Dr. Matus in Berlin, CT, today!


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