Do you think you might need a root canal? Are you worried about the procedure? The good news is that in the days of modern dentistry, root canal therapy is gentle and effective. Many dental problems that in the past would have led to a lost tooth are solved by root canal treatments. During your office visit, ask your dentist questions, and your dentist will give you more information.

5 Signs That Show You Might Need a Root Canal

If you’re struggling with any of the problems below, make an appointment to see your dentist.

You experience persistent tooth pain. 

Most people experience occasional toothache from time to time, but we’re not referring to that type of pain. This type of pain may feel like it has spread into the surrounding bone from the teeth. The frequent and often severe pain may reveal the need for a root canal.

Are your teeth sensitive? 

The possible causes for this problem may not be related to the issues that require a root canal. However, if the condition shows no signs of going away, you may need a root canal.

Do you have bleeding or discharge in the mouth?

A serious oral infection requiring immediate attention is called an abscess. And bleeding or discharge in the mouth is a common sign of it.

Are your gums red, tender, or swollen?

Your tooth’s pulp is the sensitive inner layer that contains arteries and nerve endings. Red, tender, or swollen gums may indicate that the infection has spread into the tooth’s pulp.

Is it difficult to chew food?

Just in case, it’s best to have a dentist check the problem out. A difficulty chewing may be an early warning sign of an infected tooth.


Of all the treatments available in modern dentistry, root canals are the most feared and least understood. It was once an involved and sometimes uncomfortable procedure. However, root canal methods and tools have enjoyed startling leaps forward in the past decade, so there is no reason for fear. The root canal experience is now much gentler.

Here are the steps you can expect during the root canal procedure:

The dentist will remove the infected material inside the problem tooth  

During the root canal procedure, the patient will receive an anesthetic and, in some cases, sedatives to help relaxation. Removing all the infected material inside the problem tooth is the best way to stop the infection in its tracks.

Your dentist will use an antimicrobial solution to swab the pulp. 

This step will reduce the chance of the tooth getting reinfected.

Your dentist will fill the cavity. 

Filling the cavity will restore the tooth’s interior strength.

On top of the affected tooth your dentist will place a temporary crown. 

A temporary crown will enable you to use the tooth during speaking and eating without feeling discomfort. A temporary crown will be replaced with the permanent one in a few days. That will ensure long-term relief from the dental problem.

You may feel some discomfort or swelling for a few days after the root canal procedure. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or other over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage these problems. Most patients can resume their regular activities the day after their root canal. It makes no sense for people to suffer needlessly in today’s world from dental problems. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms discussed in this post, see your dentist in American Canyon right away. You’ll shortly be well on your way to better days and brighter smiles.


Dr. Nahreen Imam is skilled in many aspects of general and restorative dentistry, including root canal therapy. Call us at (707) 553-8008 or click here to schedule an appointment today!