A root canal, or endodontic treatment, is the process of removing the nerves from the roots of a tooth. A root canal is often necessary to save an infected or badly damaged tooth. If an infected tooth is left alone for a long period of time, an abscess can form. Abscesses can often lead to bone loss and eventual tooth loss if left untreated. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting it and then filling and sealing it.
There are a number of reasons why one of your teeth may need a root canal. These include but are not limited to, a very deep cavity that extends into the nerve, or trauma to the tooth that exposes the nerve. Feel free to make an appointment to ask our dentists if you need a root canal.
Signs and symptoms of a tooth that requires root canal treatment may include:
Moderate to severe lingering tooth pain with hot or cold liquids or foods.
Moderate to severe pain when biting
Sensitivity to tapping or pressure on the tooth
A toothache that wakes you up in the middle of the night
A pimple on your gum that may release pus or blood
Radiating pain from one area of the mouth to another