Root canal therapy is the most common procedure performed by dentists round the year. Also known as Endodontic treatment, it is one of the most preferred procedures to help save your natural tooth. This treatment can eliminate the need of dental implants or bridges. Moreover, many patients believe that removing the infected or damaged tooth is the best solution, but the fact is that it isn’t. Extracting a tooth is more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.
A root canal therapy is beneficial to those who have deep cavities in their teeth. It is also useful for people having a cracked tooth which could be due to an injury. If the cavities or cracked teeth are left untreated, the inside part of the teeth may become infected. Gradually, the infection damages the pulp of the affected tooth which consists of a network of nerves and and blood vessels. Furthermore, the infection can damage the bone around the affected tooth and ultimately lead to swelling and pain. Once the pulp is damaged, you will have to perform an Endodontic treatment to save your tooth. Root canal therapy is certainly the most effective and the safest means of saving an infected tooth.
Symptoms of a Diseased Pulp
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe toothache
- An abscess (or a pimple) on the gums
- Swelling and/or tenderness
- Sometimes no symptoms are present
Root Canal Treatment
It is the process of removing infected, injured or dead pulp from your tooth. Inside the hard layers of each tooth lies the root canal system. This system helps the tooth grow and develop as it is filled with soft dental pulp made up of nerves and blood vessels . When the pulp is infected, it becomes inflamed and eventually dies. In such cases, the area around the affected tooth is freezed or made numb and then the tooth is drilled. The infected nerves are carefully cleaned and removed.
Sometimes the treatment may require more than one visit. When more than one visits are required, the dentist will put some medicine into the roots of the affected tooth and place a temporary filling in the hole. After a certain number of days, you will be called to clean the tooth and fill the roots with gutta percha, which is made up of material.
Post Root Canal Treatment
Some people experience pain, while there are others who don’t. In addition, there are some who experience mild-moderate that can be managed with over-the-counter medicines. Most teeth require a crown after the treatment, which is why it is important to meet your dentist to get the crown fixed. This procedure should not be delayed, as the tooth may break over a period of time if you don’t fix a crown.
If you’ve been experiencing intense sensitivity in your teeth, you must visit our professional dentists at Sherwood Park. We have abundant experience and the best dentists who can easily perform the endodontic or the root canal treatment for all our patients.