Root canal treatment is intended to allow you to keep your tooth for a longer time, which will help to maintain your natural bite and the healthy functioning of your jaws. Root canal treatment may relieve symptoms such as pain and discomfort.

Root canal treatment, also called endodontic treatment involves removing the nerve tissue (called pulp) located in the center of the tooth and its root or roots (called the root canal). There are a number of reasons why one of your teeth may need a root canal. These include but are not limited to, a very deep cavity that extends into the nerve, a trauma to the tooth that exposes the nerve, or a crack in the tooth that extends into the nerve of the tooth, or an abscess of an infected tooth. An abscess will show up on an x-ray as a dark spot at the tip of the root. Any pain is caused by the pressure of the abscess on the surrounding tissue. Antibiotics are given to clear up the abscess.

Once the root canal treatment is completed, it is essential to return promptly to begin the next step in treatment. Because a temporary seal is designed to last only a short time, failing to return as directed to have the tooth sealed permanently with a crown or filling can lead to other problems such as deterioration of the seal, resulting in decay, infection, gum disease, fracture, and the possible premature loss of the tooth.

Signs/Symptoms

  • Moderate to severe lingering toothache pain when drinking hot or cold liquids or foods
  • Moderate to severe pain when biting on a tooth
  • Sensitivity to tapping or pressure on the tooth
  • Toothache that wakes you up in the middle of the night
  • A pimple on your gum that may release pus or blood
  • Radiating pain from one area of the mouth to another
  • Swelling of the jaw and face

To speak with our dentist about root canals in Medford, Oregon, please get in touch with us at 541-779-4344. Let us restore your oral health at the office of Karl E. Schneck, DDS, PC.