Modern Root Canals
Do the words “root canal” send shivers down your spine? Many Americans possess an inexplicable fear of root canal treatment. Actually, the fear probably stems from the distant past when root canals were performed without modern tools or anesthetics. Today’s root canal treatment is a safe, effective, comfortable, and often completed in just one visit.
What Is A Root Canal?
Endodontics is an entire field within dentistry, devoted to studying the interior of teeth. Inside the tooth is a complex network of blood vessels, connective tissue, and sensory nerves, a mass we call “tooth pulp.” This chamber runs down the center of a tooth’s roots, which extend down into the gum.
Causes Of Root Damage
Tooth pulp can come to be damaged by several factors:
- Improper dental hygiene
- An injury or accident breaks the tooth, allowing bacteria to enter tooth pulp
- Loose fillings can allow bacteria to enter the root canal
Damage to the tooth can come to affect the tooth pulp, and will eventually damage the nerve.
Symptoms Of Tooth Root Damage
- Severe pain, either during chewing or constantly
- Uncomfortable sensitivity to heat and cold
- Tender, swollen gums
- Tooth discoloration
- Pimples on the gum
A root canal is a treatment to remove the infection from inside the tooth. The infection can occur after a deep cavity, large crack, or fracture leaves the inside of the tooth susceptible to bacteria. The result is often pain and swelling, which can be alleviated with root canal treatment. The good news is that you get to keep your tooth! After root canal treatment has been completed, your restored tooth can potentially last you for a lifetime.
Follow-up care involves thorough home hygiene and regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups.
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