What Is A Root Canal?
by: Dental Assistant Team
What Is A Root Canal?
The root of your tooth is the part inside your tooth known as the nerve. It is located inside a chamber where the pulp of the tooth is. It contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues that help to maintain the health of the tooth
When it becomes infected and you need a root canal, your tooth suffers from an infection that is severe and too advanced to “fix” with a filling. The infection is inside, deep enough that a procedure known as a root canal needs to be performed. The bacteria has not only penetrated the tooth enamel, dentin reaching the pulp and making it, in most cases, a painful unpleasant sensation.
Sometimes, but not always, it can be painless. You can suffer from an abscess and have no symptoms for a while… BUT, it does not make it a free exit of non-treatment… far from the contrary!
What does a root canal consist of then?
You will need to have the nerve removed – everything including the pulp and nerve. The inside of the tooth will be cleaned of the infection, sealed and temporized with a filling until you can have the tooth restored – which is generally a two-visit procedure.
A root canal will sometimes needs to be done in more than two visits if the infection is advanced. It could also require you to take antibiotics as well during the course of treatment. After that step, your tooth being nerve-less is become weaken and you will need a crown as I mentioned above (see procedure for crown restoration article)
Symptoms to watch for…
It can be a very painful toothache associated with sensitivity to hot, cold, biting pressure, swelling of face and gland, earache, darkening of a tooth like a greyish color, gum puss or swollen. In fact, sometimes no symptoms are present at all.
This is why a regular check up, yearly x-rays and regular professional cleanings can minimize the chances of you developing this condition.
If not addressed tooth loss and bone loss is where you are heading.
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Article date: Feb. 10 2014
Type: Tooth Decay And Cavities
Location: Ocean Ridge - Palm Beach County