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Root Canal Therapy

If any of the following sound like your situation, you may need a root canal in order to get you out of pain and keep your tooth.

  • “My tooth hurts really bad when I drink anything cold.“
  • “It hurts a lot when I chew.”
  • “My tooth is throbbing; it almost feels like a heartbeat in my tooth.”
  • “I have a big hole in my tooth, I think it’s a really big cavity.”
  • “Hot liquids and food make my tooth hurt.”
  • “Drinking water is the only thing that makes my tooth pain go away.”

What is a root canal?

A root canal is often the best treatment option to relieve pain when a patient has a toothache.  A root canal allows the patient to keep their tooth.

How Do I know if I need a root canal?

Signs that you might need a root canal include: tooth pain, swelling, prolonged discomfort to hot or cold temperatures, chewing discomfort, tenderness to touch, a bad taste in your mouth.

Why is my tooth hurting?

A root canal is necessary when the soft tissue aka nerve inside the tooth develops an infection or inflammation.  Infections or inflammation of the tooth’s nerve can develop for a variety of reasons including:  a deep cavity near or into the nerve of the tooth, an existing deep filling or crown on the tooth, or a cracked tooth.  Any time the nerve of the tooth gets bruised from trauma it may develop symptoms that won’t be alleviated until the nerve is removed by means of a root canal.

What does a root canal do?

A root canal prolongs the life of a tooth by removing the nerve tissue and contents inside the tooth that lead to painful symptoms or infection.  By cleaning and shaping the canal of the tooth the tooth is able to remain in the mouth and function normally.

Will I feel anything during a root canal?

Despite the historical connotation behind the idea of a root canal, modern technology has allowed for a much more comfortable patient experience. With proper local dental anesthesia you should not feel the procedure.  

Does a root canal weaken my tooth?

Yes.  In order to properly clean the tooth the dentist must remove the tooth structure above the inflamed or infected nerve tissue.  After the tissue inside the tooth is removed the tooth becomes brittle and susceptible to fracture.  Following a root canal the tooth should be properly restored with a build up and crown in order to protect the tooth from contamination or fracture.