What is Root Canal Therapy?
One of the most common dental procedures performed, root canals can preserve your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges. Dental pain can be caused by deep cavities or trauma to the teeth. These can further lead to an abscess and swelling around the jaws. Root Canal Therapy is the procedure by which the tooth is cleaned with special instruments from the inside, to remove the pulp and the infection, thereby relieving pain and swelling. So, what exactly does the procedure entail?
How to Tell if You Need Root Canal Therapy
Some common signs that you are due for a root canal include:
- Severe toothache pain when biting or chewing
- Increased tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Pressure and pain felt within a particular tooth
- An abscess (or pimple) on your gums that releases pus or blood
- Radiating pain or swelling in the mouth that worsens over time
- Discoloration (darkening) of teeth
Sometimes, patients who require root canal therapy may not exhibit any symptoms. This is why it is so important to regularly schedule checkups with your dentist.
Reasons for Root Canal Therapy
There are a number of different reasons why someone may need root canal therapy. Some of the most frequent reasons are:
- Decay has penetrated the enamel and invaded the living tissue inside the tooth (tooth pulp)
- Infection or abscess from decay have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip
- The tooth has experienced serious injury or trauma (chipped or broken tooth)
- The tooth is slowly dying from aging or past trauma that did not require treatment at the time of the injury
Root Canal Process
Root canal therapy can certainly sound like an intimidating procedure. However, when you walk through it step by step, it becomes clear the process is quite simple. Here are the five basic steps of a root canal process:
- A small hole is drilled through the top of the tooth to the inner chamber
- diseased tissue is removed
- Inner chambers are cleaned
- Canals are reshaped
- Chamber is filled with medication to prevent infection
PS Dental is proud to provide patients practical dental solutions without compromising on the standard of care. Our practice utilizes the latest technology in diagnosis and treatment, and always considers our patients’ overall health and lifestyle requirements.
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