Endodontics is the area of dentistry specifically concerned with the tissues surrounding the tooth root and tissue inside the tooth (tooth pulp). Often referred to as root canal therapy, endodontics is used to save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. When damage to the tooth pulp occurs it can result in severe pain and swelling, to correct the issue endodontic therapy may be recommended. During a root canal treatment the damaged pulp is removed and the resulting root canal of the tooth is properly cleaned and sealed. Following the completion of your root canal therapy, a permanent dental restoration will need to be placed to ensure the health of your tooth.
Signs indicating that you may need a root canal:
- Severe toothache pain when chewing or applying pressure to the tooth
- Prolonged sensitivity or pain to hot or cold temperatures even after the hot or cold has been removed
- Discoloration (a darkening) of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums