Root Canal treatment is done by a dentist to insert a filling to replace pulp which is damaged in your tooth’s root canal. Though most people believe older people require this treatment more often over younger people. But it is common among all groups and younger people may require this treatment too.
What is a Root Canal?
Root Canal is the space where the pulp rests in the root. There is a hollow centre in your tooth also known as pulp. The pulp is the sensitive/soft tissue consisting of nerves and blood vessels that provide nutrients and oxygen to the tooth.
Reason for getting a Root Canal Treatment
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The most common and necessary reason for getting a root canal treatment is when the pulp inside the root canal becomes inflamed or infected. The pulp possibly gets infected or damaged as a result of dental decay, which isn’t something you should leave untreated.
Other reasons why you might need a root canal treatment are
- Faulty crown
- Repeated dental procedures on the tooth
- Crack or chip in the tooth
Although, if you suffer an injury to the tooth, there are chances it may cause pulp damage even if the tooth shows no visible cracks or chips. If infected pulp or inflammation is not treated on time, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
Book an appointment at Root Canal Epping as soon as possible if you have suffered an injury and are not sure if it caused any damage. And contact us for additional queries.
Symptoms for getting a Root Canal Treatment
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- Severe pain in the tooth while chewing or applying pressure.
- Swelling or tenderness of the gum area around the teeth.
- Extreme sensitivity or pain in your tooth after having either hot or cold food/drink which lasts for a long period of time.
- Darkening or discolouration of the tooth.
- Facial swelling.
Are you suffering from any of these symptoms? Get yourself checked as soon as possible, it’s better to be late than sorry. At our Epping Dentist, you’ll receive quality care for your root canal treatment.
Complications of not getting Root Canal Treatment
If the infected pulp is left untreated the following complications may occur:
- Infection will spread – when the pulp is infected it loses its ability to fight and control the spreading of infection to other parts. If bacteria find their way into the pulp chamber, bacteria multiply. This causes higher chances of severe infection when it spreads into other bones.
- Loss of tooth – the chances of removing tooth become higher to stop spreading of infection, which will not only affect the appearance of a person if it’s their front tooth or near it but also interferes will the ability to bite and chew. Although, there are other solutions like dentures, bridges or dental implants, etc. they are costly and may not be possible if the infection has already caused advanced bone loss.
- Bone loss – if the infection spreads around the ends of the infected root canal area it can even erode surrounding jaw bone.
To stop yourself from facing these complications, contact us.
Myths about Root Canal Treatments
- The process is painful – Long time ago this situation was maybe possible but now with upcoming modern technologies and anesthetics you won’t experience any severe pain. The pain is similar to what you feel while getting a cavity filling. The pain often caused by damaged tissues in the tooth will stop once the dentist removes the damaged tissue by root canal treatment. You don’t need to worry as most cases can be treated quickly and comfortably.
- They cause illness – some people on the internet claim that you get sick or contract illness if you get a root canal treatment. However, that’s not true, it is just a rumor. That was stated when modern medicines were connected with many diseases. Therefore, there is no valid evidence connecting root canal treatment with catching illnesses or diseases.
Removing the tooth over undergoing Root Canal Treatment – Root canal treatment has a high success rate and one should always consider it as an option because having natural teeth is always the best option. Teeth treated after root canal also last a lifetime. Also, replacing the teeth with a bridge or an implant is a longer procedure and results in more procedures for supporting tissue or neighboring teeth.
The total procedure takes only three appointments. If you feel you suffer from any symptoms above, don’t hesitate to give us a call and book an appointment with us.