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What is a Root Canal, and why do I need one?

What is a Root Canal, and Why Do I need one? Great question! A Root Canal can sound scary, but with today’s technology can be an easy and comfortable procedure. There are several reasons why you may need a Root Canal. Your Family Dentist, can determine whether or not you need a Root Canal, and or other options. You may need a Root Canal for two main reasons. An infection, or abscess in the tooth from tooth decay or infection in the bone around the tooth from periodontal disease. The second reason would be from some type of trauma  to the tooth. Maybe you ran into something or someone and hit your tooth, or playing a sport, or even a car accident.

Your tooth might need a root canal if:

  • It hurts when you bite down on it, touch it or push on it
  • It is sensitive to heat
  • It is sensitive to cold for more than a couple of seconds
  • There is swelling near the tooth
  • It is discolored (whether it hurts or not)
  • It is broken


This article helps explain the why process, and answers a lot of questions you may have. If you have any further questions, or concerns, please call our office (830) 625-7611, or send us an email Rivercrestdental@gmail.com to set up an appointment.

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