Root Canals

Root Canal Therapy

Endodontic Treatment

When the pulp (soft tissue at the center of a tooth) becomes inflamed, infected or dies, root canal therapy is necessary to save the tooth.

Your natural teeth are composed of several distinct layers – there’s the outer protection of the enamel, a layer of more sensitive dentin underneath, and finally a safely hidden pulp. If a patient experiences a traumatic dental injury or infection that’s severe enough to reach this vulnerable pulp layer, extraction becomes a very real risk. In these cases an Endodontic treatment, more commonly known as root canal therapy could be a solution to save your tooth.

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Do I Need A Root Canal?

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, you may need root canal therapy.

Constant Toothache

Constant pain or irritation that is not initiated or stimulated by activity in the mouth.

Lingering Sensitivity

You may already experience sensitivity to cold and hot foods, but if this becomes prolonged, (after the food has been removed), it may be a sign of needing a root canal.

Discharge

Drainage from the root of the tooth.

Tooth Discoloration

A grayish-black appearance of the tooth could be due to an infection of the pulp. If this is the case, root canal treatment is required to treat the underlying infection.

Toothache in the Bone

Experiencing an ache in the bone surrounding a tooth is a common symptom of an abscessed tooth, which would require root canal treatment.

Toothache When Chewing

If you are experiencing pain when chewing or applying pressure to your tooth, an infection may be present.

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