A tooth ache can be one of the most painful and distracting nuisances you can experience, and can lead to serious damage if ignored for too long. If you are dealing with agonizing pain in your tooth, you do not have to just grin and bear it. One of the major causes of tooth aches is inflammation or infection in the roots of the tooth. While often overwhelmingly painful, this pain can be alleviated rather simply with a type of endodontic treatment called a root canal.
While a relatively routine procedure, the name root canal can sound rather scary to a patient who does not understand the anatomy of their teeth very well. A patient needs a root canal when the roots of their tooth – the long, submerged protrusions that keep the tooth lodged in the gums – becomes either inflamed or infected. Inside these roots is a soft tissue known as pulp, which contains blood vessels, nerve endings, and connective tissue. This pulp is instrumental in the growth and development of the tooth, but is less important when the tooth has fully matured. When pulp becomes infected or inflamed it can cause visible decay in the tooth, extreme pain and discomfort, and even collections of puss formed in the base of the tooth called an abscess.
When your tooth is inflamed or infected, a root canal is one of the best types of endodontic therapy available to help you combat the pain. During the procedure, the dentist removes the infected or inflamed pulp from the tooth, cleans and forms the inside of the roots, and then fills and seals the area. On a later date, the patient returns to the dentist office to be fitted with a crown that will permanently protect the tooth and return it to full functionality.
Root Canal Therapy FAQ
What are the signs I need a root canal?
There are a number of indications that might point to you needing endodontic therapy like a root canal. These symptoms include excessive pain, intense sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness upon contact, discoloration, and swelling in the surrounding gum tissue.
What are the causes of inflammation/infection that require a root canal?
A lot of different causes can spark the kind of inflammation and infection in the pulp of your tooth that requires a root canal. These causes include a crack or chip in the tooth, or deep decay sparked by repeated dental procedures, among others.
Will I feel pain during or after the procedure?
The patient’s mouth is numbed during the operation, so most of the process is painless and comfortable. Your tooth may feel overly sensitive for a few days after the root canal, but that can be alleviated with most over-the-counter pain medications.
If you are in the Great Prairie, Alberta area and have been plagued by chronic tooth pain to the point that you fear you might be in need of endodontic treatment, schedule an appointment asking about a root canal by calling the office at 780-532-1786.
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