We’ve all heard the horror stories about root canal treatment … the truth is, a root canal involves removing the contents of a tooth’s roots due to trauma, infection, extensive decay, or disease. This process is likened to having a cavity repaired. And thanks to root canal therapy, you will be saving a tooth that would otherwise require extraction and replacement.
Endodontic therapy is also known as root canal therapy. Contrary to what you may have heard, a root canal procedure is not painful. In fact, people often experience immediate relief from the pain they might have had prior to treatment.
Some of the symptoms that may signal the need for a root canal include:
Pain – The tooth’s nerve has been exposed due to a broken or cracked tooth resulting in discomfort.
Sensitivity – A zinging sensation is felt when the tooth is exposed to cold air or foods that are hot, cold, sweet, or spicy.
Discolored – The tooth may darken or become discolored.
Swelling – The jaw or gum tissue may appear swollen.
Pimple – A pimple like sore on the gums may be present.
Or there may be no symptoms at all. Your dentist may identify the need for a root canal during a dental exam saving you from experiencing any of the above problems and can take action to save your tooth.
Root Canal Process
Once it has been determined you require root canal treatment, an x-ray is taken to identify the number of roots involved and their precise placement. It is imperative that all of the tooth’s roots be treated for a successful outcome.
The area will be anesthetized and sealed off using a rubber dam. A small access point will be created in the tooth. Endodontic files will remove the contents of the roots (nerve, pulp, and infectious material).
The tooth’s roots will be packed with a rubbery component; if infection was present, your dentist may recommend waiting to have the access point permanently sealed. This is usually done with a dental crown.
A root canal procedure is needed to save your tooth. When having the tooth extracted is the only other option, whenever possible your dentist will always recommend you keep your biological tooth.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our team at A Smile Above today.