Root Canal Treatment — Not a Thing to Be Scared Of
For many people, the word ‘root canal treatment’ is a scary term. The reason is that many people think of it as something that can result in a lot of pain. But the matter of fact is that this treatment relieves the pain.
If you have not gone through the root canal treatment, you may wonder what root canal is and what you need to expect from this treatment. Well, it is something worth discussing in this context.
What is a root canal treatment and why you may need it?
The inner layer of the tooth that keeps the tooth alive is called tooth pulp. It is enclosed by dentin which is further enclosed by tooth enamel. The infection in the tooth pulp doesn’t only result in the death of the tooth but it also causes infection to spread into the root area. While this condition may or may not be very painful, it is certainly disastrous for oral and overall health because it does the damage beyond leading you to lose the tooth. The process of removing the infected nerves in the pulp and saving the tooth is most commonly referred to as root canal treatment.
A few reasons you might need to undergo the treatment of root canal are:
- The abscessed tooth
- You need a crown
- Your tooth severely decayed
- Dental trauma
- Crack in the tooth and/or filling
There are the few signs that you or your deNTist in coVina may look out for when it comes to deciding about root canal treatment. Those signs include tooth pain, hypersensitivity of tooth, soreness and/or swelling, and discoloration. If you notice any of these signs, you will have to visit the dentist as soon as you can.
Steps involved in a root canal treatment
- A root canal treatment typically starts with the diagnosis of the infected area. It mainly involves a dental x-ray test from which the dentist checks the level of damage.
- Before the treatment starts, the patient is given local anesthesia to make the process painless.
- To keep the tooth dry, rubber sheeting is placed around it. This rubber guard keeps saliva away from the mouth.
- Then an opening is made in the tooth by the dentist. This opening is typically made through the chewing surface of the tooth. Dentist clears infected pulp from the area in order to save the tooth. After the removal of infection, the opened chamber is then cleaned.
- After the cleaning is done, a special filling material is filled inside the chamber. This filling is important because it helps in prevention of reentry of bacteria and cause infection. Moreover, it helps in keeping the tooth strong.
- After the internal filling is done, the open area is filled or a crown is fixed to complete the treatment.
While there have been advancements in the dentistry and the efforts have been made to make the treatments successful, a rare chance of root canal treatment’s failure still exists. You can avoid this failure by taking care of your oral and dental health and by visiting the dentist on regular basis.