WHAT ARE ROOT CANALS?

A root canal helps you repair a decayed or infected tooth. The tooth’s nerve and pulp are clearly removed and sealed. Since a tooth’s nerve doesn’t play an important role in a tooth’s health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums–Its only function is sensory–to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth. Dr. Papworth and Dr. Brown have extensive experience with root canals, but in tricky cases, they may refer you to an endodontist (a dentist specializing in root canals).

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT A ROOT CANAL IS NEEDED?

Sometimes no symptoms are present; however, signs you may need a root canal include:

  • Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure
  • Prolonged sensitivity/pain to heat or cold temperatures (after the hot or cold has been removed)
  • Discoloration (a darkening) of the tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
  • A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums