Do you need a root canal?

A root canal, also known as an endodontic treatment is used to save a tooth that has become cracked, decayed or severely injured and therefore causes the pulp (the inner part of the tooth) to become infected or inflamed. The longer one waits to have a root canal when they are suffering from symptoms like this, the more pain they are likely to experience.

Depending on the severity of your inflammation or infection, a root canal treatment can be completed in one to two visits. With good and consistent oral health.

What are the signs that you need a root canal?

If you are in need of a root canal, chances are you will know sooner rather than later. The most common symptoms of someone who should consult their dentist about an endodontic treatment are as follows:

  • Pain in a tooth or the gums, as well as, discoloration or extreme sensitivity to cold or heat.
  • Tenderness of a tooth when it is touched.
  • An abscess near the tooth
  • Pus draining into your mouth
  • Swelling of your lymph nodes beneath your jaw

While these symptoms will likely appear before you have to reach out to your dentist, every once in awhile, an x ray is needed in order for your dentist to determine if there is damage to a tooth.

What is involved in root canal treatment?

When a root canal is completed, the portion of the diseases pulp and the tooth’s nerve is removed. After that, the inside of the tooth is cleaned out thoroughly, then medicated and sealed. Most often a restorative treatment, like the implementation of a dental crown is used in order to make the tooth stronger, allowing it to heal effectively. If all works out as planned, your tooth will restore itself and remain strong and useful for the rest of your days.


Corsi Dental in Woodbury treats all of our patients like family. We do our best to ensure you feel right at home during your dental treatment. We understand that you’d rather be almost anywhere else than our dental office, so we do our best to ensure your visit is comfortable, but short. Our friendly staff can answer any question you may have. Our mission is to provide you exceptional dental care and services, while promoting your overall oral health. If you’re looking for a family dentist in Woodbury who offers a slew of dental services, such as general dentistry, teeth whitening, dentures, ClearCorrect, implant restoration, root canals, and more, call our dental office to schedule your next appointment today!