Myths about Root Canals - Port Charlotte, FL

Common Signs That You May Need a Root Canal

When dental decay causes the pulp or nerve of the tooth to become inflamed and infected, it may be necessary to have a root canal. This is done to protect the tooth from further damage by removing the pulp and nerve and sealing up the exterior. This is a form of endodontic therapy that can be beneficial to those who are suffering from tooth pain.  Below are a few signs you need to watch for that mean you may need a root canal.


Typically, pain is the first sign that there is a problem with the tooth. If normal, daily activities are impossible because of tooth pain, it’s time to see a professional at Waterside Dental in Port Charlotte. If there is inflammation and infection that can’t be treated with antibiotics, a root canal may be necessary.

Broken Tooth

If the nerves to a tooth are exposed because it is broken, this can quickly lead to infection. If the tooth is left untreated, it may be necessary to extract it down the road, and the infection can enter your blood stream over time.


If you notice increased sensitivity to heat or cold, it may be time for a root canal. You may notice everything from a dull ache to an excruciating pain when you eat or drinks foods at certain temperatures.


If the gums around the affected tooth seem swollen, it may be an indicator that below the surface there is a serious problem. If the inflammation is bad enough, it may be best to get a root canal.

Give Us a Call

If you are concerned that you have an infected tooth that may need a root canal, your best course of action is to call a professional that can do an official exam to determine the best way to treat it. Don’t leave tooth pain or problems untreated as they can lead to more serious problems in the future.