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How Do You Know You Need a Root Canal and Why Do You Need It?

Root canals are often perceived with a sense of dread, but understanding the necessity and the process can alleviate much of the anxiety. At Mahimaa Dental Care, we aim to provide clarity and comfort about all dental procedures, and root canals are no exception. Under the expert guidance of Dr. S.K. Chandravadhana, we ensure that our patients receive the best care tailored to their needs. But how do you know you need a root canal, and why is it essential?

Recognizing the Need for a Root Canal Treatment

Several signs may indicate the need for a root canal treatment. Paying attention to these symptoms can lead to early treatment, preventing further complications.

  1. Persistent Pain: Continuous tooth pain is a clear indicator that something is wrong. If you experience severe pain when eating or applying pressure to the area, it might be time to visit Mahimaa Dental Care. Dr. S.K. Chandravadhana will assess the situation to determine if a root canal is necessary.
  2. Sensitivity to Temperature: If your tooth hurts when consuming hot or cold foods and beverages, it might signal nerve damage or infection within the tooth. This sensitivity, especially if it lingers long after the temperature exposure, can be a sign that you need a root canal.
  3. Swollen Gums: Swelling around the affected tooth can indicate an infection. Swollen, tender gums are a typical symptom, and Dr. S.K. Chandravadhana often finds that treating this issue with a root canal can resolve the problem effectively.
  4. Tooth Discoloration: A tooth that becomes discolored, particularly if it turns dark, can indicate that the pulp inside is infected or dead. At Mahimaa Dental Care, we see discoloration as a sign that the tooth requires immediate attention.
  5. Prolonged Sensitivity: If your tooth feels sensitive for an extended period, it may be due to deep decay or a crack that has reached the nerve. This is another symptom where a root canal, performed by Dr. S.K. Chandravadhana, can save the tooth.
  6. Pimples on the Gums: Small pimples or boils on the gums, known as fistulas, can occur due to an infection in the root. These are signs that the infection is trying to drain and needs to be addressed promptly.
  7. Cracked or Chipped Tooth: Trauma to the tooth can lead to cracks or chips, which may expose the nerves and lead to infection. If you experience such damage, a root canal might be necessary to prevent further issues.

Why Do You Need a Root Canal?

Understanding the importance of a root canal can help alleviate concerns about the procedure. Here’s why it’s crucial:

  1. Preventing Infection Spread: A root canal helps remove the infected pulp, preventing the infection from spreading to other teeth or the jaw. At Mahimaa Dental Care, we emphasize the importance of addressing infections promptly to maintain overall oral health.
  2. Saving the Tooth: Rather than extracting a damaged tooth, a root canal can save it. This preserves your natural bite and prevents the need for more complex dental work like implants or bridges.
  3. Alleviating Pain: The procedure relieves the severe pain caused by infection or inflammation of the pulp. Patients often find immediate relief post-procedure, something Dr. S.K. Chandravadhana prioritizes during treatment.
  4. Restoring Functionality: Post-root canal, the tooth can be restored with a crown, which allows you to use the tooth as normal. This restoration is crucial for maintaining proper chewing and speaking functions.
  5. Improving Oral Health: Removing infected material from the tooth prevents further complications, contributing to better overall oral health. Dr. S.K. Chandravadhana often explains to patients how root canals can be a proactive step towards long-term dental wellness.

The Root Canal Procedure at Mahimaa Dental Care

At Mahimaa Dental Care, we follow a meticulous process to ensure that your root canal treatment is as smooth and pain-free as possible.

  • Diagnosis and Preparation: Dr. S.K. Chandravadhana will begin with a thorough examination, including X-rays, to determine the extent of the infection.
  • Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is applied to ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure.
  • Cleaning and Filling: The infected pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. The space is then filled with a biocompatible material.
  • Restoration: Finally, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling to protect it and restore its function.


Root canals, while often feared, are crucial for maintaining oral health and preventing further complications. At Mahimaa Dental Care, under the expert care of Dr. S.K. Chandravadhana, we ensure that each patient receives comprehensive and compassionate care. Recognizing the signs early and understanding the importance of a root canal can save your tooth and alleviate pain, contributing to better overall health. If you suspect you need a root canal, don’t hesitate to contact us at Mahimaa Dental Care.