Root Canals

Root Canal, or Endodontics, is the process of removing the nerves from the roots of a tooth.

A root canal is often necessary to save an infected tooth. If an infected tooth is left alone for a long period of time, an abscess can form. An abscess will show up on an x-ray as a dark spot below the apex of the root. This is actually bone loss in the jaw. It is very important to catch this problem before it deteriorates too far.

white_middle_age_manWhy do I need a root canal?

There are a number of reasons why one of your teeth may need a root canal. These include a very deep cavity that extends into the nerve, a trauma to the tooth that exposes the nerve, or a crack in the tooth that extends into the nerve of the tooth.

Signs / Symptoms

-Moderate to severe lingering toothache pain when drinking hot or cold liquids or foods
-Moderate to severe pain when biting on a tooth
-Sensitivity to tapping or pressure on the tooth
-Toothache that wakes you up in the middle of the night
-A pimple on your gum that may release pus or blood
-Radiating pain from one area of the mouth to another