Why can’t I just get a filling?
If cavities are caught early enough in the process they can generally be treated with a filling. However, when a tooth is allowed to deteriorate, root canal therapy may be required. Tooth decay will not correct itself, and over time acidic or sugary foods will eat away at the already damaged enamel.
If this corrosion penetrates through too much of your tooth’s enamel and reaches the pulp, you only have a limited time to act before the pulp of your tooth becomes infected or starts to die.
What is root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy replaces the infected tooth pulp with a filling. Your tooth pulp is located in the “hollow” space within the central section of your tooth, and consists of dental cells, nerve and tissue fibres, as well as blood vessels.
To maintain health and effectiveness within the tooth, your tooth pulp requires function and harmony. Once decay reaches the pulp of your tooth, if not treated urgently you risk losing the tooth as well as infecting your other teeth.
Seven signs you may need a root canal
- Spontaneous shooting pain in your mouth
- Sensitivity when consuming hot or cold food and drinks
- Pain when biting or chewing
- One or more teeth feel “loose”
- Swelling of the gum surrounding the tooth in question
- Puss surrounding the affected tooth
- Facial swelling
Any of these symptoms are a cause for concern, and should be considered serious. If these symptoms remain unchecked, you risk infection making its way to the surrounding teeth and even into your jaw. Once the pulp in a tooth becomes too far infected, to avoid affecting the other teeth, you may be encouraged to consider having the tooth removed.
At G Dental, we aim for a friendly, safe atmosphere for the whole family. Your consultation will include an examination of the teeth, where we will pay particular attention to the affected tooth. We realise that most anxiety comes from the unknown, and we will discuss with you exactly what is happening to cause you pain before recommending treatments. If you have any questions or concerns, your dentist will address them.
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Root Canal Therapy FAQs
How do I mentally prepare for root canal therapy?
Discuss your apprehension and feelings with your dentist before the procedure. He will reassure you of the reality of the procedure and may dispel any frightening assumptions you may have had.
Speak to others about their experience with a root canal and voice your concerns. Beforehand, take deep breaths and focus your mind on things that make you happy rather than your procedure.
What is a root canal procedure?
One of the most concerning aspects of tooth decay and advanced gum disease is that it can severely damage the nerves inside your tooth. A root canal is used to clean inside your teeth in order to remove the infection and damage.
If the tooth is damaged enough, we might suggest placing a crown on it to make it stronger. A root canal is usually a straightforward procedure that entails little discomfort and can be completed in just three visits. The area of dentistry that involves dental pulp or root canals, is known as endodontics.
How do you know if you need a root canal?
Determining if a root canal is necessary typically requires a dental examination and diagnosis by a dentist or an endodontist, who specialises in treating the inner structures of teeth. Here are some signs that may indicate the need for a root canal:
- Persistent or severe tooth pain, especially when biting or applying pressure.
- Heightened sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures that lingers even after the stimulus is gone.
- Swelling and tenderness of the gums around the affected tooth.
- Discolouration or darkening of the tooth.
- Presence of a persistent pimple-like bump on the gum near the tooth.
- Tooth mobility or looseness.
Remember, it’s crucial to consult a dental professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
What does a root canal procedure entail?
A root canal procedure involves the following steps:
- Examination and X-rays to assess the tooth’s condition.
- Creating an opening in the tooth and removing the infected pulp.
- Cleaning and disinfecting the root canals.
- Filling the canals with a biocompatible material.
- Sealing the access opening in the tooth.
- Follow-up care and potential placement of a dental crown.
It’s important to note that the specific steps of a root canal procedure may vary depending on the individual case and the dentist’s approach. The goal of the procedure is to remove the infection, alleviate pain, and save the tooth from extraction.
Does the procedure hurt?
During a root canal procedure, local anaesthesia is used to numb the area, so the procedure itself should not be painful. However, some discomfort or soreness may be experienced afterwards, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.