Root canal treatment

Signs You May Need a Root Canal

Tooth pain is the most common symptom that might indicate the need for a root canal. The intensity of the pain can range from mild to severe. It could lessen or intensify throughout the day, or it might get worse only when you bite down on the tooth. Some people experience prolonged sensitivity to hot food or liquids. Your gums may also feel tender and swollen near the problem area.

A root canal treatment is a procedure that involves one of our dentists removing bad bacteria from the pulp of a tooth.

A root canal treatment is performed when decay and infection cause damage to the nerve and pulp of a tooth. Recent trauma, deep decay, or a damaged filling can cause infection in your tooth. In some cases, the dentist may discover additional narrow or curved canals that may not be able to be treated during the initial procedure.

The most common symptoms that indicate a need for root canal treatment are:

  • Consistent pain or throbbing in the tooth area

  • Pain caused by chewing or as a reaction to contact with hot and cold temperatures

  • Swollen or tender gums

  • Discoloration

  • The appearance of a pimple on the gums

During a root canal, our dentists gently remove your tooth’s affected tissue and nerves, and carefully cleans and seals the tooth to protect it. 

Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime.

 

Depending on the severity of the infection and the type of restoration — typically a filling or a crown — the procedure may require more than one visit.

Taking good care of your teeth and gums is a must after a root canal. You may need to schedule additional visits with our dentists to X-ray the treated tooth and to make sure that all symptoms and signs of your infection are gone, in addition to your regular dental cleanings and exams. It is very important to keep up a good oral care routine at home as well, including brushing at least two times a day with a toothpaste that fights germs for 12 hours. By taking care of yourself and giving your teeth the attention they deserve, a tooth treated with a root canal can stay healthy for the rest of your life.

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