Sometimes teeth can become infected, decayed or traumatized causing pain and toothache.
In these cases, root canal or endodontic treatment can be the better solution. Root canal removes the pulp of the tooth rather than extracting the tooth itself, which allows the tooth to function normally without pain.
Under the hard surface of the tooth called enamel or dentin lies soft tissue pulp that holds the blood vessel and nerves necessary for the growth of the tooth during development.
In some cases, this pulp gets damaged due to decay, trauma or infection. Root canal involves removing this inflamed or infected pulp which can lead to pain, swelling or even an abscess if left untreated.
When a root canal is performed, the non-essential infected pulp is removed, and the area is disinfected. After disinfecting the area, a soft, safe, rubber-like material called gutta-percha is used to replace the pulp.
The tooth will still receive nourishment with the help of surrounding tissue even without the problem pulp and once healed, the tooth will start functioning normally again.
Root canals not only improve the functionality, but also the appearance of a damaged tooth. After the tooth is healed, you will be able to bite and chew like normal before the problem occurred, and it also prevents undue stress on the teeth surrounding the tooth with the infected pulp.
One of major indicators that you need a root canal will be pain. When the tooth is infected or traumatized, the surrounding area becomes red and infected. You will also have difficulty chewing or biting and a broken tooth can expose the nerve in some cases.
The typical root canal treatment is completed in one or two office visits, depending on the location of the infected tooth and the severity of the infection. There is a chance that the tooth can become re-infected, in which a second root canal called root canal retreatment is needed.
Although it sounds painful, root canals are routine dental procedures and couple with sedation dentistry, a painless one.
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