Could you need root canal treatment?
If you have been experiencing problems with a tooth, you may wonder, "Do I need a root canal?" Root canals, also known as endodontic therapy, are performed when the nerve or pulp of the tooth becomes infected and inflamed due to dental decay, a cracked or broken tooth or an injury to the tooth.
Below we cover everything you need to know regarding root canal treatment including what it is and what it involves and what signs to watch out for:
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment involves drilling a hole into a decayed tooth and removing the soft centre, known as the dental pulp. The dental pulp is made up of connective tissue, nerves and blood supply, and extends into the roots of the tooth. The crown, or surface of the tooth that is used for chewing, may also be replaced if necessary.
What are the signs that I might need root canal treatment?
Sometimes there are no symptoms that a tooth needs root canal therapy. More commonly, the signs include:
- Severe pain in a tooth when you chew or apply pressure
- Painful sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures long after the heat or cold has been removed
- Darkening or discoloration of a tooth
- Swollen and tender gums near the problem tooth
- A pimple on the gum that persists or recurs.
- Swelling of the face or neck
What happens during root canal treatment?
First, the dentist takes an X-ray of the tooth to see the shape of the root canals and determine whether there is any infection in the bone around the tooth. They will use a local anaesthetic to numb the area around the tooth before drilling a hole in the tooth to remove the pulp.
It can take several appointments for the dentist to clean and shape the hole inside the tooth before placing a sterile filling inside. They may also insert a small support into the root canals to strengthen the tooth. They may cap the tooth with an artificial crown if necessary.
Carlton Dental-the experts in root canal treatment
Our dentists and staff here at Carlton Dental realise that a root canal is often a dreaded procedure for many patients. Unsure of what to expect, and frightened by the prospect, you may feel quite anxious even before you make an appointment. However, at Carlton Dental, we believe that providing you with relevant information will make you more relaxed and comfortable. That is why we try to alleviate your fears and concerns by explaining every detail of your root canal procedure in advance.
If there’s a part of the procedure you don’t understand or if you have any other questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to let us know. We’re happy to go over every stage of the root canal treatment until you know exactly how this service can relieve your pain.
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