Endodontics is the care of the pulp tissue (nerves and blood vessels) of the tooth. Root canals are often performed when bacteria and infection has entered the pulp tissue due to a cracked tooth or a deep cavity, causing abscess, pain and swelling.
What is a Root Canal?
Within the structure of the tooth, a root canal is a pulp-filled cavity that contains nerves and blood vessels. If the pulp becomes infected as a result of tooth decay, it can cause a severe toothache, sensitivity in the area, pain in the surrounding area. Root canals are a relatively simple way to save a tooth with a diseased nerve.
A tooth needing a root canal may not always be painful; some signs that you need a root canal include severe toothache or pain when you chew or bite, prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, dark discoloration of the tooth or tenderness in the gums.
If you experience discomfort or any other symptom that may indicate pulp infection, it’s important to make a dental appointment straight away. There’s no need to suffer from the pain, and dental infections can become serious if left untreated.
How are Root Canals Treated?
Endodontic treatment, colloquially known as a root canal procedure, is the main line of therapy for dental pulp infection. The pulp chamber, the nerve of the tooth, blood vessels, and infected soft tissue are all removed, and the tooth is then filled and sealed with a crown. This helps to protect the tooth and prevent reinfection. With good dental care and habits, a restored tooth can last a lifetime.
Is the Procedure Painful?
We will ensure that your mouth is numb during the procedure, using a local anesthetic. When it wears off, you may experience some pain, but this will subside as you heal. We are happy to provide with you pain management advice to aid your recovery.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, contact us immediately or check other dental service we offer.