Restorative Dentistry
Root Canal Therapy

Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:

  • A small fistula, or draining lesion, on the gum tissue normally above or below affected tooth
  • Lingering sensitivity to stimulus such as hot, cold, & sweets.
  • Severe toothache pain.
  • Sometimes no symptoms are present.
  • Swelling and or tenderness of the jaw bone and cheek area.

Reasons for root canal therapy:

  • Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth).
  • Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
  • Injury or trauma to the tooth.

A tooth may need root canal therapy if the tooth becomes infected or "dies", causing an infection to begin at the point where the tooth is attached to the bone. This infection is called an abscess, and usually requires antibiotics prior to treating the tooth. Antibiotics will help keep down the infection, but the only way to completely ensure that it does not come back is to remove the blood supply to the tooth. Most root canals require two visits to complete and a crown is often required after the procedure is complete to ensure that the tooth will not break.