Endodontic Disease and Root Canals

What is a Root Canal?

Root canals are needed to relieve pain and save a tooth when there is inflammation or infection in the roots of a tooth.

Common reasons for needing a root canal include the following:

  • A crack or chip in the tooth.
  • A deep cavity.
  • A faulty filling or crown.
  • An injury to the tooth.
  • Repeated dental procedures on the tooth.


What are the symptoms or indications?

  • Chipped or cracked tooth.
  • Deep cavity.
  • Pain when chewing or biting.
  • Pimples on the gums.
  • Sensitivity to cold or heat that lingers.
  • Swollen or tender gums.
  • No noticeable symptoms, but the bone loss was visible around the roots of the tooth on a dental x-ray.
  • No apparent symptoms, but the tooth is not responsive to cold and heat tests.


Where can I learn more?

For additional information, please visit the following website:

Root Canal

Contact Us

If you are concerned that you may need a root canal, please schedule an appointment for a free screening exam at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine at (303) 724-6900.

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