Root canal therapy may be needed if a patient experiences prolonged or intense toothache in combination with various other symptoms.

Toothache can sometimes be so intense it causes severe pain. When this occurs, it is important to see a dentist or endodontist to determine what the cause could be so the problem can be treated appropriately. In an emergency situation there are many possible reasons for tooth pain, so it is important to speak with your dentist right away to determine correct cause. Spending time trying to simply manage the pain while ignoring the cause can lead to increased tooth damage. If you are unsure whether or not you should contact your dentist or endodontist for an appointment, you may want to consider the symptoms. Some specific symptoms that may suggest root canal therapy is needed include:

  • Severe pain when chewing or applying pressure to teeth
  • Ongoing intense toothache even when teeth are resting
  • Tooth sensitivity and pain related to heat or cold
  • Tooth sensitivity to sweets
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Gum swelling near the affected tooth
  • An abscess or pimple on the gum area near the tooth
  • Persistent bad taste in the mouth

One of the reason for many of these symptoms is that a cavity has been allowed, to reach all the way to the pulp of the tooth and an infection has occurred. This can injure the tooth and will may cause severe pain. An endodontist is a specialist who works specifically with the treatment of diseases and injuries of the human dental pulp or nerve of the tooth. As a result, an endodontist can accurately diagnose and complete root canal therapy. In some cases, there may be no obvious symptoms that root canal therapy is needed, something may be discovered during a routine dental examination. This is why it is important to have a yearly dental check-up including xrays.

When a cavity is left untreated, the pulp inside the tooth can become infected. When this happens, the tooth cannot heal on its own and will continue to worsen and may even weaken the entire immune system. When this happens, it is necessary to complete a root canal so the pulp can be cleaned out to allow the tooth to heal. If you suspect you have a severe cavity or may be in need of a root canal, it is important to contact a dentist or endodontist right away.

Other causes for toothaches include be traumatic injury, and previous dental work.

About Professional Endodontics

Professional Endodontics has been exceeding the standard of care in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties for over 50 years. The team specializes in treating issues with the inside of the tooth, and surrounding tissues and goes out of its way to provide a safe easy environment for patients. Each member of the practice is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care and values high-quality relationships with referring dentists and specialists. Each endodontist at Professional Endodontics has been individually chosen by other dentists to be in Hour Detroit Magazines Best Dentists edition . Thanks to contemporary advances in endodontics, Professional Endodontics is able to use innovative technology to treat and save teeth that have suffered damage to the soft tissue within the roots of the tooth.

Professional Endodontics now offers three state-of-the art facilities in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and Southfield. All locations offer the latest in advanced dental deliver systems, microscopy, and digital radiography.

Professional Endodontics
29201 Telegraph Road
Suite 110
Southfield, MI 48034
(248) 358-2910