A good dental care regime includes brushing twice a day, rinsing after every meal, flossing and regular visits to your dentist. But sometimes, even after you take good care of your teeth, you become a victim of teeth infections. When an infection reaches your tooth’s root, it can cause a lot of pain and the loss of your tooth. Visit your dentist before it is too late. At Smiles on the Canal, we can help you save your teeth with a root canal!
What is a Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal or endodontics is the area of dentistry which is focused on studying and treating the tooth’s pulp. It encompasses the treatment of your dental pulp as well as the preservation of your teeth, which have failed to respond to non-surgical treatments. The purpose of the root canal is to remove the infected or the diseased pulp, disinfect the contaminated root canals, and fill in the root canal system to prevent re-infection. Root canal includes endodontic therapy or root canal therapy, endodontic retreatment, treating cracked teeth, surgery, and treating dental trauma.
When Do You Need Root Canal Treatment?
There are several signs and symptoms that show that you may need root canal treatment. These signs and symptoms don’t necessarily mean that you will need a root canal. Your dentist will determine if a treatment is necessary as sometimes it might just be a cavity that is causing you pain. At Smiles on the Canal, our dentist will ensure that you get the right treatment for your dental problems. The signs and symptoms showing the need for a root canal treatment include:
Recurrent toothache: Extreme tenderness or pain that is noticeable when you chew or apply pressure to your tooth.
Constant sensitivity: Sensitivity to hot or cold substances is common. But if sensitivity prevails even when the substance is no longer touching your tooth, it is time for action.
Discoloration: Discoloration is caused by the infection that causes darkening of the teeth or tooth that is infected
Swelling and pain: The gums around your tooth will start to feel tender and start to swell due to infection. The pain will be centered at the region of that tooth’s root tip.
Abscessed tooth: A pocket or bump filled with infected liquid forms in your tooth that reaches your tooth’s root.
Fever is a possible symptom that may not happen to everyone.
Your symptoms will be weighed by your dentist before taking the necessary steps to determine whether you will need a root canal treatment.
Benefits of the Root Canal Treatment
The benefits of root canal treatment include:
- Losing a tooth can have several complications, such as infection and bone loss. Root canal treatment can save your tooth, which can last a lifetime.
- It is hard to believe, but tooth extraction is more painful than recovery from the root canal. An infected tooth can cause more pain, which is alleviated after the treatment.
- An infected tooth can infect other teeth as well. A root canal helps prevent infection of other teeth by removing the bacteria from the tooth cavity.
- A root canal is more cost-effective compared to tooth extraction and replacing it with a denture, bridge or implant.
If a tooth infection is left untreated, the consequences can be fatal as the infection can spread to the head and neck. At Smiles on the Canal, your dentist will ensure that you leave happy and pain-free after your root canal treatment. If you have any of the signs or symptoms, call us and book an appointment. Let us help your smile be pain-free!