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What causes root canal pain and infection?

The main cause for root canal pain and infection is the invasion of bacteria into the pulp of your tooth.

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Below is a list of possible conditions which allow bacteria to enter your tooth’s root canal:

  • Damaged or cracked tooth
  • A tooth that has been torn away from the gum (injury)
  • Dental caries (cavities)
  • Abnormalities in the anatomy of the teeth and jaw
  • Repeated dental procedures performed on the same tooth

3 major signs that you may need a root canal treatment

There are certain signs that our dentist will look for in order to establish whether a root canal treatment is necessary or not.

However, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is recommended that you see our dentist for a thorough check-up and clinical diagnosis.

Swelling and tenderness of the gum

  • Persistent swelling that lasts for weeks or months
  • The affected tooth feels longer or taller than the teeth around it
  • Swelling is situated at the anterior of the root’s tip
  • Swelling may be easy to see and feel or hardly noticeable

Extreme pain

  • Pain that prevents you from sleeping
  • Erratic toothache that comes and goes
  • Severe pain from pressure and extreme temperatures
  • Toothache which is pulsating
  • Pain intensifies when bending forward or lying down
  • Anti-inflammatory medication does not provide sufficient pain relief

Overall feeling of illness

  • High temperatures or fever
  • Swollen or inflamed lymph glands
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain
  • Loss of appetite

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Practicing good oral hygiene on a daily basis as well as going for routine check-ups and cleanings will greatly minimise the risk of developing an infection in the root canal.

Don’t wait until it is too late, contact our dentist in Claremont to make an appointment.


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