Why Do Root Canals Run in My Family?

Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures performed. While they can be prevented with regular checkups, sometimes they are inevitable. Let’s take a closer look at the most common causes of a root canal.


Believe it or not, genetics may play a role in the need for a root canal. If you were born with naturally soft teeth that decay easier than hard teeth, they will require more maintenance than teeth that are harder. If you don’t take exceptional care of your soft teeth, decay can quickly occur and require the need for a root canal.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is the main reason root canals are often necessary. If it makes its way into the pulp chamber, you may experience sensitivity while drinking or eating hot or cold foods and beverages. If the the decay has spiraled out of control, infection or abscesses may occur and need to be corrected through a root canal.

Extensive Dental Work

If you’ve had extensive or frequent dental work done, you may need a root canal as well. This is particularly true if you’ve had deep fillings done and replaced old fillings with composite fillings as this can traumatize the nerves.


One of the most obvious symptoms of a root canal is pain. If you face a severe toothache that leads to serious swelling of the cheek, throat, and jaw, you may be in need of an emergency root canal.

Fortunately, if you need a root canal, rest assured that this procedure is safe and not as scary as it sounds.

Schedule an Appointment River Run Dental

For more information on root canals and whether or not you may need one, we encourage you to contact our office today at 804-262-1060. We look forward to hearing from you!