About Endodontics

This therapy occurs when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.

Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:
  • An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Severe toothache pain
  • Swelling and/or tenderness
  • Sometimes no symptoms are present
After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive. This will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed.

Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be slightly tender for several days as a result of manipulation during treatment and the existing tooth condition. Tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm.

  • Do not chew food on the affected side until endodontic therapy is complete and your tooth is covered with a protective restoration provided by your dentist.
  • You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen.
  • Discomfort may be alleviated by taking ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed.
    NOTE: Alcohol consumption while taking any of these medications is not advised.
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