Endodontic therapy, also known as Root Canal Therapy, is necessary when the nerve of a tooth becomes infected or the pulp becomes damaged most likely as a result of a prolonged cavity. When this infection occurs, the nerve and pulp break down and bacteria begins to multiply inside the pulp chamber, eventually resulting in a possible abscess. The procedure involves removing the nerve and the pulp of the tooth followed by cleaning and sealing of the canal, preventing the infection from spreading and developing abscesses.

If you have any of these signs, a root canal procedure may be necessary:

  • Continual sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Severe pain when you chew
  • A recurring or persistent pimple or sore on the gums
  • “Darkening” of the color of the tooth
  • Swollen or tender gums around the tooth