WHAT IS A ROOT CANAL
If you have a severely damaged, decaying tooth or a serious tooth infection (abscess), Dr. Saiedy may recommend a root canal treatment. Root canals are used to repair and save your tooth instead of removing it. It’s usually not necessary until the infection hits the nerve and starts causing serious pain.
The treatment for a root canal involves removing the nerve and the pulp before cleaning and sealing the tooth back up. Once we’re done, your tooth will be restored to its full strength and functionality.
What’s Involved in Root Canal Repair?
The pulp is soft tissue inside your tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels and provides nourishment for your tooth. It can become infected if you have:
- A deep cavity
- Repeated dental procedures that disturb this tissue
- A cracked or fractured tooth
- Injury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip)
If untreated, the tissues around the root of your tooth can become infected. When this happens, you will often feel pain and swelling and an abscess may form inside the tooth and/or in the bone around the end of the root of the tooth. An infection can also put you at risk of losing your tooth completely because bacteria can damage the bone that keeps your tooth connected to your jaw.
WHY DO I NEED A ROOT CANAL
We normally only recommend a root canal when you are experiencing certain symptoms. These include:
- Excessive pain whenever you chew or apply pressure to the surface of your tooth
- Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold
- A single tooth becoming dark and discolored
- Swelling and tenderness in the gums around the tooth
- Persistent and reoccurring pimples in the gums
BENEFITS OF A ROOT CANAL
- When root canal treatment is done, the excruciating pain you constantly experience will completely go away. You will no longer need an ice pack or pain relievers on your counter as root canal therapy permanently kills the pain.
- Because root canal involves scraping the entire army of bacteria causing the infection, the spread of infection is prevented.
- Root canal also halts the formation of an abscess in your infected tooth
- Unlike removing a tooth, a root canal will leave you with natural biting force and sensation. A few days after the treatment, chewing, biting, etc. will go back to normal.
- Chewing becomes efficient since root canal saves the tooth and does not remove it.
- Root canal also protects other teeth from strain.
- Since the tooth is saved, there will be no problems of replacing a missing tooth or dealing with a loss of confidence due to gaps and missing teeth.