Eliminate Infection and Save Your Tooth with Root Canal Therapy
Root canal: It’s a phrase that many dental patients hope to never hear for a long time. Sometimes this is because the patient doesn’t fully understand what the procedure entails. Once they are armed with the knowledge of the process, they can see that it’s not as bad as it seems.
There’s a space that’s within the root of each of your teeth – that’s the root canal. Dental pulp is inside that canal – the pulp has blood vessels, nerves and soft tissues and they can get damaged because of your tooth decaying or being hit with trauma. That’s bad enough, but there’s also an infection that can make you lose teeth if you don’t treat it immediately.
Some people, when finding themselves in this situation, opt to have the tooth pulled and have a dental implant put in. The majority, though, like to take every measure to preserve the original tooth. Having root canal therapy gives them just the chance to do that by getting rid of the pain.
When your dentist does the root canal procedure, it’s not a long one at all – over in a few hours. The thing that makes it more complex is that a crown is often needed. That may necessitate a second visit so that it can be secured completely.
The first thing that happens is your dentist will take out the dental pulp that’s infected and clean the area around it with a solution that clears out debris. That solution also will disinfect that area. After that, he or she will shape the pulp area and insert filler material so that your tooth will be protected from being infected anymore and won’t be sensitive to hot and cold.
After that, you will likely get a crown to protect your tooth and allow you to have a natural smile again.
The Necessity Of Having A Root Canal
Despite what some people may think, teeth are not individual solid masses that reside in pockets in people’s jaws. There is pulp in each one that has blood vessels, nerves, and soft tissues. If they were solid, you wouldn’t be able to feel pain or sensitivity from things like hot and cold beverages or food. If that pulp gets damaged from tooth decay or trauma, it can get infected. If that infection is not treated, you can have dead nerves and blood vessels.
If the root canal treatment is not done, then there will be pus buildup at the root tip and then that will enable the infection to also spread to any bone in the immediate area. You will have pain and swelling, along with an abscess… and the result would be – tooth removal.
Having root canal therapy will give you a very good chance of saving your tooth – and having it stay there permanently. Since the crown is tooth-colored, many people won’t even notice that you had any procedure at all in the first place.
Is It Possible To Avoid A Root Canal?
The first sign that you have a problem tooth is having it become very painful. That means your tooth is infected and you’ll likely take some antibiotics for a regimen that can be as short as three days and as long as a week. That way, the root canal will be easy.
If you don’t get a root canal, especially if you have very bad tooth decay, then you can have a lot of damage and the surrounding area will be affected. It can be a very swift path to losing not one but several teeth. The pain can be so bad that you might have to go to an emergency room for dental attention. The root canal can help prevent these worst-case scenarios from coming true.
Should you decide to forgo the root canal, the only other option is usually having the tooth removed. If that’s the case, you’ll need a dental implant, otherwise the other teeth can shift in your jaw and it will be very crooked. That will result in a bite that’s irregular. Having the tooth removed may be more inexpensive, but the dental implant that you will need will be quite costly, so you should probably go with the root canal therapy.
Signs You May Need A Root Canal?
A toothache is the first harbinger that you’re facing a situation with a cavity that has progressed well into your tooth. It might also be a sign of infection and that you need a root canal. Head over to your dentist if you notice any of these:
It hurts badly when you chew
You wake up in the middle of the night with tooth pain
Teeth that are unusually sensitive to hot or cold food or beverages and it lingers
Your tooth becomes discolored
You notice your gums are swollen around the area of the tooth
You get a toothache because of the nerves of your teeth becoming irritated or inflamed. As time goes by, even the simple act of eating or drinking can become an unbearable task. Should the nerves die, then you will wind up with bleeding gums, discoloration, loose teeth, and your face may begin to swell. It might be because of gum disease and not one tooth, but only a dentist will be able to tell for sure.
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