Endodontics (Root Canal)

Treatment of an individual tooth when the nerve has been infected by bacteria. The nerve and other tissues from the pulp cavity are removed and then replaced with dental filling material. Final restorations may involve a permanent filling and crown.

Five Signs That You Need a Root Canal

Here are the most common signs that you need a root canal below.

Tooth and gum pain

When should you have a root canal? There is no better indicator of a problem affecting your teeth than pain. Infected teeth usually cause some kind of discomfort, even if it does not indicate a root canal is necessary. When you apply pressure, chew, or brush your teeth, your pain may become more intense.

Swelling and inflammation

Dental swelling and inflammation may also accompany root canal pain. Your face and neck may feel swollen or tender along your gum line. Even though swelling can resolve on its own or with over-the-counter medications, this doesn’t solve the core issue. Check with a dentist to determine the cause of the swelling.

Sensitivity to temperature

Tooth hypersensitivity could be caused by a number of factors. Even though it is normal to be sensitive to temperature in some cases, such as when eating ice cream, severe sensitivity indicates a more serious problem.


You may have developed a simple tooth stain over time that has caused discoloration. You may also have tooth decay if the discoloration is severe. For a root canal exam, contact Hoggard and Morris Dentistry if you notice that a single tooth is darkening or a dark spot appears suddenly on a tooth.

Dental abscess

Having a tooth that is badly infected can result in an abscess or pus pockets from the infection. You may experience swelling of the gums, discomfort, and an unpleasant taste in your mouth when you have an abscess. The rapid treatment of an abscess is necessary because if left untreated, it can make breathing and swallowing difficult.