Is one of your teeth causing you severe pain?

When fillings are not sufficient to repair damage to a tooth, your dentist may recommend a root canal to restore complete function.

Final solution for saving a tooth

When decay moves through the tooth and into the pulp—the soft tissue at the centre of each tooth—the only way to save the tooth is via a root canal treatment. This arm of dentistry that deals with the pulp of the tooth is called endodontics. The pulp consists of nerves, blood vessels and other tissues which are important for the tooth’s development in childhood. As adults, however, the pulp decreases in size since the tooth has finished growing.

When infection or contamination reaches the pulp through decay, it will result in a throbbing pain, swelling in nearby gums and a prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold substances. An obvious cavity or a discoloured tooth are other signs of pulp damage.

In these instances, root canal treatment can:

  • Prevent the need for extraction by stopping the spread of decay
  • Stop any infection spreading to neighbouring teeth
  • Improve oral and overall health
  • Be a much more cost-effective solution than extraction and the need for an implant

Root canal treatments have come a long way

In the past, root canal treatments were incredibly painful but thanks to modern anaesthetics and endodontics technology this is no longer the case! The procedure itself is virtually painless and it’s often that the fear is much worse than the treatment itself.

If your dentist recommends a root canal procedure, they will anaesthetise the area so that they can remove any infected or diseased pulp along with any decayed sections of the tooth. To clean and shape the now empty root canal, a fine spinning file is used before a disinfectant is applied to destroy any lingering bacteria. Finally, the root canal is filled in with a special material. In some instances, such as where the decay has been particularly extensive, a crown may need to be fitted to offer additional protection to the tooth.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms that could indicate pulp infection, don’t ignore it. It’s vital that you see your dentist urgently. While the pain may go away if you ignore it, this is simply a sign that the pulp of the tooth is now dead and nerve signals have been cut off. If left untreated, the bacteria that caused the initial infection will still be present and can migrate to the gums and jaw sometimes leading to an abscess.

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