Root Canals Part 3: What's Going On, Symptoms, Why Pain...

Part Three of Our Patient's Guide to Root Canal Therapy covers what we should understand about our inner teeth to avoid tooth loss, and the pain, which precedes it.


For too many people root canals have a stigma that results in the delay of dental care. Discover why endodontic treatment should evoke a positive response and proactive reaction.

Time to be novel. Stop relying on the common 'knowledge' about root canals. Delve into the healthy and comfort inducing reality of this mischaracterized dentistry procedure.

Let's look at the details and see what's really going on - including:
  1. Need A Root Canal? Be Aware Of...
  2. Why Does Tooth Pain Occur?
  3. What is Happening 'In' The Root?

First, the basic 'topography' of the tooth and endodontic therapy. Root canals are performed to remedy the conditions associated with disease or damage to the inner tooth, where the pulp tissue resides. The pulp contains nerve fibers and other elements like veins, lymph vessels, arteries and connective tissue.

Need A Root Canal? Be Aware Of...

  • Gum boil (swollen gums around teeth)
  • Toothaches Hot cold sensitive tooth/teeth
  • Sugar sensitivity
  • Throbbing pain
  • Dull aches
  • Waking up at night with tooth pains
  • Problems Chewing/Can't chew (pain when biting)
  • Teeth that don't 'heal'
  • Trauma can cause damage (symptoms might not show up for many years)

Why Does Tooth Pain Occur?

  • Trauma (car accidents, dental work, sports injury, hit to face, fall, etc.)
  • Cracked tooth (years of dental work, failed crown/bridge, large fillings, etc.)
  • Decay/infection (general, missed root canal, etc.)
  • Cracked tooth syndrome (teeth don't heal like bones)
  • Hairline tooth fractures
  • Vertical tooth root fractures

What is Happening 'In' The Root?

  • Like the brain – teeth react with swelling when traumatized
  • Nerve damage and corresponding Infection causes pain
  • Discharge of infection (pus) stresses the tooth; creating pressure producing pain.
  • Gangrene sets in (If a nerve totally deteriorates and the root tissue dies, gangrene will develops.)

Dr. Brian Klym uses endodontic therapy to help many of his Traverse City area patients save their teeth.

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