The term “root canal” refers to the interior of a tooth between the pulp and the tooth root. It’s also used to describe the procedure to remove infected tissue, and is among our specialties at Cascade Endodontics in Orem UT.
The tissue inside a tooth that can become infected is the pulp, which consists of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. It’s the most important part of a tooth. When it becomes infected, it can cause a lot of pain.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
The most common signs of tooth infection serious enough to warrant a root canal include:
- Tooth pain when eating, or when there is pressure on the area
- Tooth pain caused by hot or cold, especially when it continues after the hot or cold is removed
- A small bump on the gums near the painful area
- Darkening of the tooth
- Tenderness and/or swelling in the gums near the pain
Some Good News
The most common causes of infection requiring root canal therapy include tooth decay, cracks or chips in the tooth, or even repeated dental procedures.
This can all sound a little scary, because root canals have a reputation for being painful. The good news is that root canals will relieve the pain caused by the symptoms just described here. As for the procedure itself, the level of discomfort is about the same as having a cavity filled.
Jon Jenson DDS
1375 E 800 N Ste 203
Orem, UT 84097