There are a few signs that all individuals should understand that may mean that they have an infection and will need a root canal. The common side effect is a severe toothache that is usually felt when pressure is applied to the teeth during eating. Other signs may be discoloration of the tooth or pimples that start to form around the tooth in question. In addition to these signs, individuals should also remain aware of gums that are chronically swollen and bleeding or teeth that are very sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.
How It Works
Endodontics or root canal is a procedure whereby the pulp of a tooth affected, damaged or dead is removed and the tube is sealed. The pulp is deep in the tooth and contains blood vessels and nerves, reaching the central part of the tooth root and communicating with the jawbone.
The root canal treatment involves many steps. The procedure starts by your dentist taking X-rays of your teeth. In this way he can determine the extent of the damage and the shape of your tooth. Then an endodontist removes the crown from the affected tooth in order to gain access to the tooth’s infected or damaged pulp nerve. Then, the affected tissue is removed and the surrounding area is cleaned. Once the area has been cleaned, the endodontist will enlarge it, shaping it so that the surface can bond to the filling. The filling is then placed to prevent infection from reappearing. Once the area has been filled, a new crown is created and placed on top in order to seal the restored tooth.
Misconception About The Pain
There’s a common fallacy about the pain of having root canal therapy. Decades ago, the procedure was accompanied by a significant amount of discomfort. That perception still exists, even though it is untrue. Today, Modern techniques and anesthesia make root canals both quick and practically pain-free.
A Root Canal treatment (endodontics) may involve some discomfort during the test so it is recommended to be relaxed for the anesthesia that takes effect quickly and does not bother. Experienced endodontists take steps to ensure their patients experience as little discomfort as possible during the procedure.
It is common after a Root Canal for your tooth to be temporarily sensitive when chewing; it is a period of adjustment, so it is advised not to crush hard food, even by the ones that have not been restored by your dentist.
After The Procedure
Once a root canal has been performed, the patient is strongly encouraged to make a follow-up appointment with the endodontist. This is important for a couple of reasons. First, the affected tooth from which pulp tissue has been removed can become dry and brittle. If it is not restored properly, it can easily fracture or chip. Second, your endodontist can check the tooth and the area within to ensure that new infections haven’t emerged.
Getting a root canal isn’t nearly as daunting a procedure as most people believe. Root canal therapy can be performed with little to no discomfort. Most importantly, it restores your natural teeth and eliminates infections that can spread and cause significant damage. If the thought of having the procedure done is unnerving to you, speak with your dentist to gain a better understanding of what is involved.
How successful are the Root Canal?
It has been shown through research that has about 95% success, which can be considered quite high.
Why Is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?
If the pulp nerve becomes damaged and infection sets in, pain ensues. However, pain is not the main concern. If the infection is allowed to spread, it can penetrate the bone around the affected tooth. Given enough time, the bone will eventually become incapable of properly housing the tooth. When a person avoids going to the dentist to have a root canal performed, they are, in effect, willing to sacrifice their tooth and the structural integrity of the surrounding bone.
If a root canal is not carried out, the disease and decay is going to spread to the surrounding teeth and soft tissue. This has the ability to start forming abscesses that are filled with pus and can become extremely painful. If treatment is never given, there may be severe damage to the mouth that could need several tooth extractions, skin grafting, and other major surgeries.
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