Why Root Canal Treatment

When the nerve of the tooth becomes badly infected then root canal treatment can save the tooth and help you hold on to your natural tooth. You may notice that you have an infection, if you experience either

1. Prolonged dental sensitivity or pain to hot or cold food and drinks

2. Tenderness when biting or chewing

3. Facial or oral swelling

4. Bad taste in your mouth

5. Pain wakes you up from sleep at night

6. Pain increases or decreases with change in your posture

Unfortunately, you may also be completely unaware that you have an infected tooth, as you may not experience any symptoms at all. The tooth may simply become non vital without any severe pain. An intra oral x-ray usually helps us to detect any signs of infection.

A root canal is needed when the pulp (the soft tissue inside the tooth) becomes inflamed or infected as a result of trauma or injury to the tooth, deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a cracked or chipped tooth. This may lead to an abscess, where the symptoms can range from a dull ache to severe pain and tenderness when biting. If left untreated, the infection will spread to the surrounding tissues rendering the tooth to be hopeless and thus removed.

An infected tooth will not heal by itself and as it gets worse, it will continue to be a source of infection that brings down your immune system.

Root canal treatment takes usually 2 visits to complete. At the first appointment, we normally remove any infection from the tooth, any abscesses present are drained and the root canal is cleaned, shaped and dried. Medication is placed within the root canal and a temporary filling placed on the tooth. At the second visit, the temporary filling is removed and we check that the infection has cleared before filling the root and the tooth permanently.

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