How to Know if You Need a Root Canal Treatment in Webster

by | Jan 14, 2021 | Blog Posts

How to Know if You Need a Root Canal in Webster

While many dental visits are for routine care, there are other times when you need to see your dentist because something just doesn’t feel right. You’re not quite sure what it is, but you know it’s something that you’ve never felt before. It’s important to get it checked because there could be a wide variety of issues going on. One of which may deal with needing a root canal treatment. Let’s take a look at how you can tell if you need a root canal treatment in Webster.

What is a Root Canal Treatment?

A root canal treatment is a dental procedure used to repair or save a tooth that may be damaged or infected. [1] Dentists use it as an alternative to removing a tooth. It’s called a “root canal treatment” because the canals inside a tooth’s root are cleaned.

The good news is that there have been many dental advances that have made root canal treatments less painful. In many cases, people have little if any pain. During a root canal treatment, your dentist will take out any bacteria or decay from the tooth pulp and root canal area. [2] They will also disinfect the root canals and pulp with antibiotic disinfectant. Once this is done, the empty space in the tooth will be filled and the area will be sealed to prevent any new decay from forming.

Signs That You May Need a Root Canal Treatment

While your dentist will surely let you know if you need a root canal treatment, there are signs that you may notice ahead of your visit that will indicate the need as well. [2]

Painful Tooth

Many people experience a toothache from time to time. But a toothache that doesn’t go away or gets worse over time may be an indicator that you need a root canal treatment. Many times, people feel the pain deep in the bone around the tooth. Sometimes, the pain extends to the face, jaw, or other teeth.

Cracked Tooth

If you have a tooth that is cracked or has a deep cavity, you may need a root canal treatment. When a tooth is cracked, bacteria can get into the soft core of the tooth called the dental pulp. [1] The pulp has nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues inside of it. If bacteria enter and are untreated, the bacteria can lead to a serious infection, tooth abscess, or tooth loss.

Tooth Discoloration

If you notice your tooth begins to get discolored, there may be an infection in the tooth’s pulp. This could be due to trauma or the breakdown of internal tissue. This can damage the roots and make them appear grayish-black.

Swollen Gums

When you have a painful tooth, you may also be experiencing swollen gums near it. When you touch the gums, they may be tender. Also, you may begin to notice a small pimple on the gum. It may begin to ooze if the tooth is infected. These are all indicators that you may need a root canal treatment.

Loose Tooth

A loose tooth as an adult can indicate a problem. When a tooth is infected, it can feel loose. [2] While there may be other reasons, it could also be a sign that you need a root canal treatment.

Contact Empire Dental Care if You Need a Root Canal Treatment in Webster

If you think you may need a root canal treatment, you can count on Empire Dental Care for expert care. Dr. Tehila Cohen and her team of dental professionals are here to help you and provide the gentle approach to dental procedures that they’re known for in the Webster area. Contact the office today to schedule your appointment. 585-671-1650



[1] Slide show: Root canal treatment – Mayo Clinic,

[2] Root Canal Symptoms: 6 Ways to Tell If You Need a Root Canal (,


Dr. Cohen has been practicing dentistry in private and public settings for over 10 years, completing her DMD degree in 2010 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Committed to providing dental care of the highest level, Dr. Cohen relocated to Rochester in 2016 to pursue advanced dental trainings at the Dental Urgent Care Fellowship at The University of Rochester, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, graduating in 2017, and the AEGD Residency program in 2019. She recently completed an additional advanced General Practice Residency program at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany NY. This summer she moved back to Rochester with her husband Kevin, a native Rochesterian, to be closer to family. Throughout her career and personal life, Dr. Cohen has shown her genuine compassion and care to people and patients from all walks of life. She volunteered in underserved areas, practiced in clinics for patients with complex special needs, and treated medically compromised patients among others. She also taught and mentored other dentists and students helping them achieve their professional and personal goals. Most of all, Dr. Cohen’s warm personality and love of people create a welcoming, comfortable feeling for both patients and staff.