Inside each tooth is the pulp or root canal. The pulp consists of the nerve and blood vessels. The nerve is the vestige of the tissue that originally formed the tooth. When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp, thereby causing an infection inside the tooth. Without treatment, the pulp will die and pus builds up at the root tip in the jawbone, forming an abscess (an infection). If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result. Without treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.
What Are the Signs that You May Need a Root Canal?
- Severe toothache
- Prolonged tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Discoloration of a tooth
- Swelling or pain in the gums
- A pimple on the gums that will not go away
If you experience any of the following, we encourage you to contact our dental offices in Vancouver, Washington.