ROOT CANAL

Root Canal Treatment at Ancaster Dental Centre

Treating a root canal involves the nerve tissue inside the tooth and the problems caused by it. It is a common mistake that getting a root canal is painful, but it is as easy as getting a filling.

If the pain begins due to inflammation or infection in the pulp tissue of the tooth, treatment of a Root Canal becomes necessary. You feel intense pain because pulp tissue is a collection of nerve cells, blood vessels, and connective tissue. If there is pain in your mouth due to this issue can cause infection. The pain might go away but the infection will not go away without treatment. If left untreated, the infection can lead to not only an abscess, but may contribute to problems throughout the body.

Root Canal Treatment Is Your Friend

Most of us have heard the comedic line, “I’d rather have a root canal…” Though it may be funny when the procedure is compared to something no one would ever want, putting off the treatment is nothing to laugh at. While the inflammation or infection in the pulp of a tooth can be incredibly painful, a root canal eliminates the pain, rather than causing it.

Another reason to avoid delaying root canal treatment is to save a tooth rather than removing it and causing more problems. Tooth removal can bring on several issues, including the shifting and migration of teeth, which can cause chewing to become difficult, costly dental implants or bridgework.  Eventually, the area of the missing tooth will lose bone structure.

Causes of Root Canal Problems

Decay and infection or the tooth’s pulp is what causes treatment for a root canal. Untreated cavities caused by deep tooth decay, allowing bacteria to travel to the tooth’s center, infecting the pulp tissue. Bacteria can also access the pulp tissue through any opening in the protective enamel, such as chipped or cracked teeth.

A major cause of damage to the pulp tissue is some kind of trauma to the tooth. Any trauma to the tooth such as sports injuries, very deep fillings, should be treated immediately to both save the tooth and prevent problems in the future.

What to Expect During Root Canal Therapy

A root canal can be accomplished in just one visit and in the long list of dental treatments, it is one of the most effective and routine procedures.

Just as with a filling, root canal treatment begins with an anesthetic to numb the tooth and the area surrounding it.

To give the dentist access to the root canals and pulp chamber, a small opening is made in the surface of the affected tooth. The dead and dying pulp tissue is removed using tiny instruments, followed by cleaning and disinfecting the area. A filling of biocompatible material is placed inside the narrow passageways and is sealed by adhesive cement to prevent infections in the future.

You may feel tenderness or sensitivity in the treated tooth for a few days after the procedure. Prescription of antibiotics may be given to help heal the infection, but over-the-counter pain relievers generally help the discomfort. Avoid biting on hard or sticky food after this procedure tooth may still be sensitive, and all of these symptoms are meant to be temporary.

A crown may be necessary to restore the tooth to full function and protect it further.  Whether you place a tooth replica made of high tech tooth-coloured material on the treated tooth, you will be preserving your dental health for many years with the investment.

Signs and Symptoms of Root Canal Problems

Severe pressure and pain inside your mouth and extreme sensitive or noticeable swelling in your gums are clear signs you need to get treatment as soon as possible. Sharp pain when biting down on food and lingering pain after eating cold or hot foods are telltale symptoms of potential pulp damage. If you experience any of these issues you will need to have an examination right away.