Root canal treatment have gotten a bad rap over time for being a dreaded, painful procedure. Despite this reputation, root canals are typically no more painful than a routine cavity filling. In fact, the root canal procedure actually provides relief. The pain you feel leading up to the procedure is often much more than the root canal itself.

Millions of people undergo this very common and necessary procedure each year. A root canal is a very thorough cleaning of the inside of your tooth. We clean and seal the area so it can heal properly.

Why would you need a root canal?

When the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected or inflamed, you may need a root canal procedure done. An infection or inflammation can be caused by trauma to the tooth, decay within the tooth, a crack/chip in the tooth, or repeated dental procedures on the same tooth. If the infection or inflammation is not treated, it can cause extreme pain and eventual tooth loss.

What are the warning signs?

Some of the most common signs include:

• Increased tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, especially after the heat/cold is removed

• Darkening of the tooth

• Severe pain in the tooth when chewing

• Swollen or tender gums near the tooth

• A recurring or long-lasting pimple on the gums


If you are experiencing similar symptoms, you may need to have a root canal procedure done. Contact Dental Innovations with any questions or to schedule an appointment.