Rescue Your Tooth With Root Canal Therapy
TEETH ARE ALIVE, just like every other part of the body. That means they are susceptible to infection. Whenever an infection becomes severe enough, the tainted part has to go or else all the surrounding tissue will be compromised as well, and the patient's life will be at risk! That's where a root canal comes in.
What Is A Root Canal?
Root canals are a way of getting rid of the infection in a tooth without getting rid of the actual tooth. A root canal won't save your tooth—by the time you need one, it's too late for that, but it will allow you to keep it.
A dentist or endodontist will drill into the tooth to reach the infected pulp at its core. Next, the pulp is removed, leaving the tooth hollow. After the space is flushed out, the root is filled with sealer and the crown with cement, and the whole tooth is capped off with an artificial crown. This procedure ensures that no more bacteria can get inside the tooth and minimizes the chances of the tooth breaking.
To get a better understanding of what's involved in root canal treatment, check out the video below:
When Do You Need One?
The way teeth become infected is through decay, cavities, or cracks from an injury, which means it's usually an avoidable problem. If you're brushing and flossing properly, your teeth are unlikely to reach a level of decay that allows bacteria to reach the living dental pulp inside them. However, some people are genetically more susceptible to tooth decay.
Infection can lead to an abscess at the tooth's root or death of the pulp. If you have tooth decay extensive enough to require a root canal, you'll probably be experiencing significant pain in and around the infected tooth. With an abscess, there will also be swelling and inflammation. Tooth pain alone isn't always a sign of an infection, but it's always worth checking out to make sure.
Other symptoms of tooth infection include:
Before You Get A Root Canal...
Let's set your expectations. While we can do the root canal treatment in a single appointment, cases always depend on the severity of the infected tooth. Several appointments may be required as recommended by your dentist at DentalCareXtra.
Subsequently, a crown or complex restoration may be recommended to help restore and protect the tooth. Visit or contact our Moranbah and Marian practices to have your root canal treatment done in the highest standard and degree of care possible.
Keep Those Teeth Healthy!
Remember that preventing the problem is always better than needing a solution! Healthy teeth don't need root canals, so keep brushing twice a day and flossing daily, and cut back on sugary drinks so that your teeth will stay healthy.
Contact Us today for your consultation for Root Canal treatment at DentalCareXtra.
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.