Living with a decayed tooth, is pretty painful ain’t it? The term “root canal” is based on ‘cleaning of the canals inside a tooth’s root’. Root canal treatment is generally a direct procedure to stop dental pain and guard your teeth that are severely decayed or infected. Because of serious decay, repeated dental proceedings on a tooth; or large fillings, a crack, or chip in the tooth, or severe injury to the face can make a tooth’s nerve and pulp irritated, inflamed, and infected.
When any person undergoes a Root Canal Treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is eliminated and the inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, followed by filling and sealing.
When do you need a Root Canal?
Teeth have a soft core termed as dental pulp. The pulp stretches from the crown — the visible part of the tooth, till the apex of the tooth’s root in the jawbone. The pulp consists of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. When your tooth is cracked or has an intense cavity, bacteria can take entry to the pulp. If you don’t see your dentist at the proper time, the tissue adjoining the tooth will get infected and an abscess may develop. An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that generates at the bottom of the roots of the tooth. This in fact, will lead to pulp death, bone loss and loss of the tooth itself.
Symptoms may involve:
- Swelling around your face, and neck and other regions of the head
- A hole in your tooth
- Loss of bone around the top of the root
- Chipped or cracked tooth
- Serious toothache while chewing or biting
- Pimples on the gums
- Swollen or tender gums
- Severe decay or darkening of the gums
- Temperature sensitivity (particularly hot and cold sensations)
What will your Dentist do in Magnolia, TX?
There’s nothing to worry about if your dentist or endodontist at Floss Dental, prescribes you a root canal method to treat your decayed tooth. This approach eases pain and restores healthy teeth.
A modern Root Canal Treatment can generally be done in one or two appointments, based on the condition of your tooth and your personal state. Firstly your doctor will take some dental X-rays to check the level of damage. You will also get a local anaesthetic to manage pain.Then a rubber like sheet termed as a dental dam is applied in your mouth to keep the tooth clean, protected and free of saliva. When the decay is cleared, an opening is done through the crown of the tooth to receive access to the pulp chamber. By making use of small dental tools, the infected or diseased pulp is eliminated. The final step of the root canal is restoring your tooth. Once the filling is done, a crown is installed- an artificial tooth which looks real.
Follow good oral habits to help your restored tooth last for a lifetime.
What are the Benefits?
- Natural chewing
- Efficient biting force and sensation
- Natural appearance
- Preserves other teeth from extreme wear or strain
Beneath the enamel and the dentin, is a network of tissues in the innermost part of every tooth, called the ‘pulp’. The pulp is responsible for nourishing the tooth with the required nutrients, contains blood, and has nerves for the tooth. Pulpitis is a condition in which this pulp gets infected. This infection is caused by bacteria that find their ways into the pulp. The treatment for pulpitis is called a root canal treatment. While pain and inflammation are the common symptoms, how do you really know if it’s time for a root canal treatment? Following are the 8 signs that you shouldn’t avoid:
- Severe pain, inflammation and swelling
Pain and inflammation are inevitable when you have pulpitis. In reversible pulpitis, this pain and inflammation is mild and do not last long. However, if the pain is too severe, recurring, or does not seem to go away, do not ignore the signs. Often times, these symptoms are also accompanied by swelling of the gums. Consult a dentist right away if this is what you’re going through! Keeping the infection untreated would only let the bacteria to spread.
- Increased sensitivity
The sensory nerves are contained in the pulp of the tooth. Upon infection, these nerves are damaged by the bacteria, which is the reason why they become more susceptible to sensitivity. This is why an increased sensitivity in your tooth may be an indication of pulpitis.
- Sensitivity to sweet food
This too is related to the damaged sensory nerves in the pulp. Sweet foods are known to have acids like Glycine and Alanine. These acids significantly stimulate the sensory nerves, thereby causing pain or irritation during pulpitis. Sensitivity to sweet food is believed to be one of the primary symptoms of pulpitis.
- Swelling of lymph nodes
Lymph nodes are structures in the body that are a part of the immune system of the body. They help in fighting off virus and bacteria with the help of lymphocytes, and also filter substances through the lymphatic fluid (cite: https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-terms/def/lymph-node). Therefore, with the increased level of bacteria in the tooth, these lymph nodes become hyperactive, thereby, swelling up.
- Bad breath
This too, is related to the high amounts of bacteria that is present inside the pulp. The bad breath during pulpitis is actually the smell of the bacteria. However, during pulpitis, you may experience an unnaturally bad breath that doesn’t go away, even after vigorous brushing.
This is not a very uncommon symptom in any type of infection. The immunity system tends to increase the body temperature to fight off the germs present in the body, especially bacteria and viruses. If you have a recurring fever that does not go away with anti-biotics, and you have a toothache, do not waste another minute in consulting a dentist. This generally occurs in irreversible pulpitis.
- Bad taste
We usually have a bad taste in our mouths arising from the bacteria present there. But do you have a bad taste that just does not go away despite having healthy oral hygiene practices? Chances are that this is coming off from the bacteria present deep inside the pulp of your tooth.
In some rare occurrences, victims may even suffer from a bleeding gum. This is usually indicative of irreversible pulpitis. At this stage, the infection has possibly become so bad that the pulp of the tooth is damaged irreversibly and the infection is spread to other parts of the mouth.
If you have even few of the above symptoms, consult your dentist right away, before the pulpitis becomes irreversible. After reading this article, even if you feel that you already have an irreversible pulpitis, do not leave it untreated. Let a dental treatment stop the spread of the infection. To add to that, it has been documented that even irreversible pulpitis has been healed through immediate and prolonged dental treatment, as per a research conducted by Elka Radeva, in 2008 (cite: https://www.journal-imab-bg.org/statii-08/vol08_2_3-4str.pdf). Thus, it is never too late to consult your dentist now and get a root canal treatment.