Endodontics refers to root canal treatment. This treatment is usually recommended when your tooth damage or decay is very extensive or when your tooth is already dead, resulting in an infected root canal.
Symptoms of infected root canals include:
- Puffy or swollen gums
- Redness at your gum around your teeth
- Extreme pain in your teeth
- Increase in sensitiveness of your teeth
- Aching, throbbing pain in your teeth
- Lingering sensitivity to hot and cold in your teeth
If you need endodontic treatment, your general dentist or endodontist will remove the pulp from the center of your tooth where your root canal is located and refill the area left after the pulp is removed with medications, temporary filling materials, and a final root canal filling. This procedure prevents painful infections from spreading to your other teeth. Your tooth will stop aching, your infection will be stopped, and you will begin healing.
If you have further questions about endodontics, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions about Endodontics page.