This woman is undergoing endodontic therapy.Endodontic therapy is fundamental when the soft tissue inside the root canal becomes inflamed or infected. Advances in endodontic treatment have improved success in preserving and maintaining healthy teeth.

With today’s modern technology, Greenwood Dental Care’s restorative dentist in Waukegan, IL, can give you a healthier smile that can last a lifetime. Our team creates a  customized treatment plan to provide you with the smile you always wanted. It is a top priority to relieve any worries that you might have related to your endodontic procedure. Your dentist will ensure you feel as comfortable as possible.

What is Endodontic Therapy?

Endodontic procedures treat infection or damage to the pulp of your teeth. The term pulp describes the living tissue and nerves positioned in the center of the teeth. This area is important for blood flow to the individual teeth, as well as providing natural feedback to your brain about damage or infection.

Left untreated, damage or infection to the pulp of the tooth can quickly become worse or spread. Infection can affect the tooth, gums, and bones in the face and jaw Intervention with endodontic therapy treats and removes any infected portion of the teeth. Thus, you can be rid of any pain or sensitivity and avoid further costly and complicated procedures.

Signs that You Need Endodontic Therapy

The symptoms that indicate a need for endodontic therapy include pain or sensitivity in the adjacent gums, tooth discoloration, or swelling and tenderness of the tooth. In addition, the following are some common reasons for needing root canal treatment.


The most common symptom that indicates the need for a root canal is a toothache. If the tooth is still alive, you may experience extreme sensitivity to heat or cold. The tooth may hurt spontaneously and can progress to a very severe headache. If the tooth is dead, you may feel pain when pressure is put onto the tooth. Swelling and bleeding may also occur.


An abscess forms when the pulp of the tooth dies and a pus pocket forms around the end of the root. If left untreated, the abscess will continue to grow and infect the bone around the root of the tooth.

Deep Decay

Tooth decay can extend deep into the tooth and can reach the pulp, infecting it with bacteria. The tooth may become inflamed and painful, and will eventually die.


If a tooth is hit hard, the nerve can be damaged and eventually die. Left untreated, a dead root can become infected.


A fractured tooth can extend and reach the pulp, resulting in infection. In this instance, a root canal may need to be performed to help restore the tooth.

Repeated Dental Procedures

Dental procedures can produce significant stress on a tooth and repeated drilling may cause the pulp of a tooth to become inflamed.

In the past, whenever one of these situations occurred, the only solution was to have the infected tooth extracted. Root canal treatment is a beneficial option that allows for a patient to save his or her natural tooth, even after decay, infection or trauma.

Contact Greenwood Dental Care for Endodontic Therapy

Do not leave pain or sensitivity untreated. The pain can indicate damage that can progress into a more serious infection. Greenwood Dental Care provides endodontic procedures as well as all of your additional dental needs.

Our qualified and professional dental staff can help you with:

  • Gingivitis treatment
  • Occlusal adjustment
  • Dental bridges
  • Composite fillings
  • Dental implants
  • Inlay and onlay restorations

Do not let your need for a root canal or endodontic therapy continue without treatment. Get an oral health check-up and early intervention at Greenwood Dental Care. Call 855.528.3961 today for a private consultation.