What if you brush dutifully twice a day and floss meticulously yet you have a nagging toothache? This may indicate an infected tooth that needs a root canal.
Root canal is possibly the most dreaded words to hear from a dentist yet a root canal can end the pain and save your tooth and doesn’t deserve the bad rap. Here is some insight about your teeth and why a root canal may be in order.
Inside your tooth, beneath the white enamel and a hard layer called dentin, is a soft tissue called pulp. This tissue contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue which help grow the root of your tooth during its development. The pulp chamber is the hollow part in the center of the tooth that contains the pulp and it continues down canals that extend through the roots of teeth and into the surrounding bone.
It can become infected if you have a crack in the tooth, a deep cavity, or trauma to the tooth. If left untreated, the 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.
Signs you may need root canal therapy include:
- Severe tooth pain upon chewing or application of pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Discoloration of the tooth
- Swelling and/or tenderness in nearby gums
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
During a root canal procedure, the pulp is cleaned out, the space disinfected and then filled. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. After the root canal is completed, the tooth will likely need a crown to protect it from fracturing in the future.
A dental implant may be another option in dealing with a problem tooth yet keeping the original tooth has its benefits. Having the original structure in place maintains the jawline and is less invasive.
Toothaches should be addressed at the onset and perhaps a root canal can be avoided. However if a root canal is advised, have comfort in knowing that your pain will resolve and your oral health will be improved.