Tooth Pain? We can fix that
Root canal therapy, also known as endodontics, is a specialized area of dentistry in which infection and inflammation are removed from the root canal of a tooth. A tooth is in need of a root canal once the pulp, or nerve, has become damaged from injury or infected with bacteria.
If you are experiencing some or all of the following symptoms, you may be in need of root canal therapy:
Severe tooth pain
Tooth pain that wakes you up at night
Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold that lasts for longer than 5 min
Swollen gums around the area of the tooth
Occasional bursts of bad taste in your mouth
Severe pain on biting
Sometimes, the tooth will eventually stop hurting, even if it is left untreated. This is a sign that the nerve has completely died. This does not mean that the problem is gone. Bone does not have the same nerve sensation as teeth do. Once the infection is in the bone, it can often go undetected for months or years until a much larger infection presents itself again. DO NOT LET THIS GO UNTREATED.
Having endodontic treatment allows you to extend the life of your tooth, maintain the health of your teeth, gums and bone and will help prevent the need for an extraction. Most importantly, it will remove the source of the tooth pain. Dr. Jones will explain the process and will fully anesthetize your tooth before beginning the procedure.