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Issues Indicating the Need of a Root Canal

According to The American Association of Endodontists, a root canal may become necessary when the soft tissue inside the tooth (the pulp) becomes infected or inflamed. These issues can have a variety of causes: deeply progressed decay, multiple dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the enamel, any of which is causing pain. Without treatment, there is a probability of further infection and loss of the tooth. The professional dentists at South Temple Dental can determine whether you have any of the issues requiring root canal treatment.


Root Canal Treatment

A root canal treatment removes the nerve and pulp from the inside of the tooth. The empty canal is then cleaned and sealed. Undergoing this treatment prevents the infection from invading surrounding tissue which could cause abscesses to form, and the eventual loss of the tooth. This procedure rids the tooth of infection and the accompanying pain.


Not all Tooth Pain is The Same

Tooth pain can occur in different forms, and it can be helpful to identify which one you’re experiencing before you talk to a dentist about a root canal.

Lingering Pain

When a stimulus, such as cold or heat, and also putting pressure on the tooth causes pain that lingers even after the stimulus has been removed.

Positional Pain

When the perceived tooth pain worsens or otherwise changes when you change the position of your body.

Spontaneous Pain

When tooth pain occurs with or without a stimulus.

Referred Pain

When tooth pain is felt in other areas of your body, such as the jaw, ear, or head.


Schedule an Appointment Today

Because not all tooth pain is indicative of the need for a root canal, the professionals at South Temple Dental can determine the best course of action. If you think you may need the opinion of a professional about getting a root canal in Salt Lake City, contact South Temple Dental and schedule an appointment today.