If you experience significant pain and discomfort, this may be a sign of an endodontic concern.  Swelling, discoloration, sensitivity to hot and cold are all symptoms of a tooth in need of a root canal treatment. Contact your dentist if your experience, tender gums and/or drainage or tenderness within the jaw bone, lymph nodes and gum tissue.

Some patients may experience an abscess, infected pus pocket. Abscesses can form at the end of the tooth’s root and can be quite painful. The abscess will need to be drained and treated as soon as possible. If you notice an abscess, but don’t experience any pain, contact us immediately.

Root canals are performed in order to remove diseased or infected pulp tissue from within a patient’s tooth.  The dentist will hollow out and clean the inner chambers of the tooth and fill them to prevent further infection.

The inner tissue of a tooth consists of lymph tissue, nerve tissue and blood vessels and is a vital component to the health and lifespan of a tooth. When a tooth’s pulp becomes exposed to severe decay, bacteria, deep fractures from trauma etc. the tooth begins to die. Root canals are performed to prevent and eradicate infection in order to save and preserve the tooth. Once performed, root canals are designed to not only prevent pain caused by damage to the tooth, but also to prevent future infection.