Root canal treatment, which is another term for endodontics, involves the treatment of infections of the soft pulp tissues of the tooth. This procedure is often thought to be painful, but in reality, it is not much different than getting a filling. It is a very efficient procedure in the treatment of tooth pain.
The pulp tissues of the tooth are made up of blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerve cells. Any infection or inflammation to this tissue will cause a great deal of pain, and a root canal treatment becomes essential.
If the condition is not cured promptly, it could result in a dental abscess and cause harm to other body parts.
Why is Root Canal Treatment Essential?
The idea of getting an endodontic treatment might sound scary to some but not getting the procedure as at when needed could result in greater harm to the tooth and overall health. Getting pulp tissue infection treated will alleviate pains and prevent future problems that could arise from the disease.
It is preferable to use endodontic treatment than totally removing the infected tooth. When a tooth is removed, some problems could arise in the future, and such will require a dental implant.
Also, eating difficulties that could have resulted from the shifting of other teeth into the space left by the removed tooth and possibly bone loss. However, with endodontic treatment, there will be no future problems.
Causes of Root Canal Problems
When there is an infection to the pulp tissue, root canal issues arise. There are several ways through which the pulp tissues can become infected. They include tooth decay, tooth holes (through which bacteria reach the pulp tissues to infect them), and fractured tooth.
A hard hit to the teeth could also result in damage to the pulp tissue, and in such situations, it is better to treat the teeth quickly.
Some invasive dental procedures could harm the pulp tissue, as well as having many therapeutic procedures performed on a particular tooth. Sometimes methods as merely as crown preparation could cause problems to the root canal.
What to Expect During An Endodontic Treatment
Endodontic treatments are regular and among the most efficient dental treatment. Before the procedure commences, local anesthesia will be administered to eliminate any discomfort during the process. A small incision will be created on the surface of the affected tooth to gain access to the pulp chambers and root canal. Occasionally, with the help of a microscope, the dead and dying pulp tissues are removed from these canals using tiny instruments.
The chambers and empty channels are filled with inert, biocompatible materials after they have been cleaned and disinfected. Finally, the hole initially made in the teeth is sealed using adhesive cement.
Your teeth may become over sensitive and tender for some days after having the procedure, but regular analgesics like Ibuprofen can control this. The affected tooth should be treated gently during this recovery period, and also a crown can be attached to the affected tooth for protection until the tooth has fully recovered.
Signs and Symptoms of Root Canal Problems
The following are likely symptoms of root canal problems
- Persistent pain in the mouth
- Swelling and oversensitivity of the gum
- Pains when you bite down or chew on food
- Oversensitivity of the tooth
Should you notice any of these, a contact our offices for a dental exam in a timely manner, as we always want to save the natural teeth when possible.