Root Canal (Endodontic) Treatment

Root Canal (Endodontic) Treatment

A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.

Sometimes no symptoms are present; however, signs you may need a root canal include:

  • Severe toothache pain when chewing
  • Prolonged sensitivity/pain to heat or cold temperatures
  • Discoloration/darkening of the tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
  • A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
  • Pain that lingers for several minutes
  • Pain without cause (i.e., a dull throbbing ache for no apparent reason)

In order to make a proper assessment and accurate diagnosis of which tooth is affected and exactly what is causing the pain, your dentist may take a full set of xRays showing the bone and roots of the teeth.

Because a tooth that needs a root canal often is one that has a large filling or extensive decay or other weakness, a crown, crown and post, or other restoration often needs to be placed on the tooth to protect it, prevent it from breaking, and restore it to full function. The team at Glen Oaks Dental will discuss the need for any additional dental work with you.

You can also watch these Patient Education Videos from the American Association of Endodontists for an in-depth explanation of the symptoms, treatment and benefits of endodontic treatment.