Why would I need an endodontic procedure?

  • Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected.
  • The inflammation or infection can be caused by deep caries, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or fracture in the tooth.
  • If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
  • Signs of pulp damage include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of the tooth and swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums.
  • Sometimes, there are no symptoms.

Will I feel pain during the treatment?

  • Many endodontic procedures are performed to relieve pain of toothaches.
  • With modern techniques and anesthetics most patients report that they are comfortable during treatment.
  • Oral sedation and nitrous oxide are available for patients with high anxiety.

Will I feel pain after the treatment?

  • For the few days the tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure.
  • This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Follow your endodontistís instructions carefully.
  • Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your endodontic treatment is completed.
  • If you have severe pain or pressure, or pain that lasts more than a few days, call your endodontist.