Frequently, patients that experience dental pain that is considered to be severe will need to initiate a root canal to temporarily relieve the pain. The patient will then return to finish the root canal. Signs that a tooth may need a root canal may be pain to chewing, pain to pressure on the tooth, pain when eating something either hot or cold. Some suggestions for management of the pain is too apply an ice pack to the area for 30 minutes followed by 30 minutes off.
If severe pain is noted on a particular tooth, it is wise to contact your dentist and speak with them to determine what needs to be done. Dental pain, when ignored, doesn’t really go away but will gradually get worse.