What causes a root canal?
Almost every dental procedure is faster, easier, and more comfortable than it was when today’s adult patients were children. One remains a source of concern for many people: the root canal. While it is true that root canals are only used in extreme cases, there is no need to be concerned. Modern techniques have made the procedure much easier than it used to be.
If a tooth fracture extends into the pulp, root canal therapy may be required. Furthermore, if a tooth is struck with great force, the nerve at the end of the root can be severed, causing the nerve to die. This can be problematic because nerve tissue breaks down when it is damaged. As a result, bacteria may begin to multiply within the pulp chamber, necessitating root canal therapy.
How do I know I need removal treatment?
Any pain in your mouth should be reported to your dentist, but certain types of pain may indicate root canal pain. If you experience sudden pain that hits you like a wave, you may have an infected or dead tooth that requires a root canal. Are there any positions in which your gums or teeth hurt the most? Is there pressure on your teeth and face when you lie down or bend down? This could be the result of a root canal.
The main reason for needing a root is significant decay that extends to the pulp/nerve or sometimes the presence of a very deep filling close to the nerve. A chipped or cracked tooth is a two-pronged indicator that the tooth may require a root canal. For example, there could have been trauma to the tooth that caused the chip or crack, resulting in the inflamed or infected pulp. Second, the tooth may be so decayed or infected that it is cracked or chipped due to the fact that it is dead. You’ll almost certainly need a root canal to save the rest of the tooth in either case.
Other signs you may need a root canal:
- Bumps on the gums
- Swollen gums
- Teeth sensitivity
- An abscess
How painful are they? Pain Methods
Don’t worry, you can put your trust in Northcote Dental. Our dentists have extensive experience with root canal treatments and will make you as comfortable as possible. Before beginning the procedure, they will use a local anaesthetic to numb your tooth. If you experience any discomfort, please notify our dentists, and additional anaesthesia will be administered. Root canal therapy is used to relieve pain caused by an infected tooth. After the procedure, the tooth may be slightly sensitive for the first few days, but this will subside quickly. Your dentist will advise you on what you can do to alleviate any discomfort as it settles.
Every dental procedure has advantages and disadvantages. You should consult with your trusted dentist and weigh your personal reasons for wanting or not wanting a root canal. However, there are numerous advantages to having this procedure performed.
- Get rid of the toothaches
- The bone around your tooth stays intact
- Teeth don’t have to be extracted
At Northcote Dental, our dentists provide root canal treatment to many patients every year, and the results are genuinely life-changing. Get in touch with us!