Dr. Edward Shluper, DDS | Mountain Lakes, NJ


A root canal is the best dental treatment recommended by a dentist to save a decayed tooth. Several dental signs signal the need for a root canal session, a few of which have been listed below. 

Sharp, shooting pain in your teeth

A toothache can happen for a number of reasons, and treatment will depend on the underlying cause. However, sharp, shooting pain in your teeth is the most obvious sign that you need a root canal treatment.

That pain could be coming from an infected tooth. The infection could be in the pulp, the nerves, or the root. Root canal treatments remove the infection, relieve your pain, and protect the tooth from further damage.

Sensitive teeth

This can be caused by a deep cavity, gum disease, or a cracked tooth. When your tooth’s root is damaged, the pulp inside the tooth gets inflamed. This inflammation causes sensitivity and pain.

Gum inflammation

Gum inflammation can be a symptom of infection. A tooth abscess may be the cause of gum inflammation. It’s a pocket of pus that forms around the tooth and can cause pain.

Bad breath

Bad breath is one of those common issues that people may live with for years without realizing that a root canal treatment can help. If you are experiencing bad breath, schedule a visit with a dentist.

Darkening or discoloration of your teeth

A darkening of your teeth can be a sign that you need a root canal treatment. A root canal treatment is necessary when the inside of your tooth has become infected or inflamed. This infection or inflammation can be caused by tooth decay, a chip or crack in your tooth, repeated dental procedures or repeated trauma to your tooth.

Cracks on your teeth

If one or more of your teeth has cracked, it means that your tooth is decayed or infected. It is possible that you never had a cavity, but your tooth is still cracking. This means you need a root canal.


A deep cavity needs to be treated with a root canal. Your tooth needs to stay strong and healthy for a long time, but a cavity can cause the insides of your tooth to become infected because bacteria can enter the space and decay it.

If you are unsure whether you need a root canal, you can schedule a consultation with us. During the visit, we will check your teeth for signs of decay or damage, including cavities, cracked teeth and more serious signs of damage, like a broken or chipped tooth.

Edward Shluper DDS, located at Mountain Lakes, NJ, is equipped with expert dentists and modern technologies that enable the best dental care facilities for patients. Dial (973) 743-5432 and schedule a consultation with the dentist to avail a complete dental checkup for you and yourself.

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