Are you concerned that you may need a root canal? If so, you have plenty
of company. According to the American Association of Endodontists, “Millions
of teeth are treated and saved each year with root canal, or endodontic
treatment.” Endodontic treatment addresses issues inside the tooth
(the part that contains the pulp), which is made up of nerves, blood vessels,
and connective tissue.
Typically, a root canal (endodontic treatment) becomes necessary when the
pulp inside the tooth becomes inflamed and infected. What causes such
an infection? It can be brought on by tooth decay, a crack or chip in
the tooth itself, or by multiple dental procedures on the same tooth.
Also, if the tooth was injured, it can lead to pulp damage, even if one
cannot see any chips or cracks in the tooth, and even if the injury is
invisible to the naked eye.
Signs a Root Canal is Needed
How can you tell that you may need a root canal or endodontic treatment?
Here are some of the signs to look out for:
- Prolonged sensitivity to heat
- Prolonged sensitivity to cold
- Tender to the touch
- Tender when chewing
While the above symptoms are common when someone has an infected and inflamed
pulp tissue, sometimes there are no symptoms.
Saving the Tooth With a Root Canal
Root canals can save people’s teeth; with a root canal, the infected
or inflamed pulp is carefully removed. From there, the endodontist cleans
the inside of the root canal and fills and seals the area. Once the procedure
is over, a dentist molds a crown to fit over the tooth. With the new crown
being fitted, the tooth is restored to its full function.
“Does it hurt to have a root canal?” Often, root canals are
performed to relieve patients from toothaches caused by infected and inflamed
pulp. Fortunately, most patients are comfortable throughout the procedure
thanks to modern anesthetics and other pain-relieving methods.
Generally, it’s more cost-effective to have a
root canal than it is to have a tooth extracted. When a tooth is extracted, it should
be replaced by an
implant or bridge so the patient can chew normally and so the other teeth won’t
shift. Root canals and
restorations are typically less expensive than implants and bridges, so they are an
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