A root canal is an actual term used to describe inside the tooth where the pulp chamber or pulp is found. This area also has nerves inside of it for sensory purposes. When the pulp is injured because of cracked or broken teeth, dental procedures, infections, or fillings, the nerves and pulp tissue dies. This can lead to a severe bacterial infection, which requires removal. If left untreated, other tissues can become infected which can result in bone loss, tooth abscess, swelling and more.
The Olden Days
A few hundred years ago, if this happened to you, you would need an extraction, as that was the only approved method of treatment. However, this led to problems of its own, including receding jaws, shifting teeth, and unsightly holes in the mouth. Endodontic or root canal treatments are now available from your dentist at KB Village Dental. This therapy can save your tooth from extraction and can repair and save your infected tooth.
The pulp and nerves are removed from the infected tooth. A special cleanser is used, and then the inside of the tooth is sealed so that no more bacteria can enter. A crown or cap can then be placed over the tooth, strengthening it and making it look like your regular teeth.
To determine if you need root canal treatment, you should see your dentist and watch out for loose, cracked, decayed or broken teeth. You may also notice sharp, spontaneous pain that seems to come from everywhere and nowhere at the same time.
Other symptoms can include discolouration, dull pressure or aches, pain extending to the jaw or ear, and swelling of the face. If you notice any of these problems, it is best to go to your dentist as soon as possible and explain your symptoms to determine if root canal therapy is right for you.