Endodontic — or root canal — treatment is necessary when the pulp (or nerve), the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes infected or inflamed. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp infection or inflammation is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
Signs to look for include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, discoloration of the tooth, and swelling, drainage and tenderness in the lymph nodes as well as nearby bone and gum tissues. Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms.
Our team is dedicated to maintaining your teeth for a lifetime. We have extensive training in the diagnosis and management of dental pain. If ever the need arises, Drs. Kasperowski and their team will efficiently be able to diagnose your problem and get you comfortable quickly.