Root Canal Treatment
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What is root canal treatment?
A tooth crown is made of two parts – a hard white enamel layer and a thicker layer known as a dentine. These hard outer layers protect the tooth’s soft inner tissue, known as the pulp. The pulp stretches from the tooth root to the crown and contains blood vessels and nerves.
Root canal treatment can remove pulp tissue that has become infected or inflamed.
How does the pulp become infected?
Infection or inflammation of the pulp can be caused by a number of factors:
How do I know if my pulp is damaged?
Signs of pulp damage include pain, increased sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloured teeth, swollen or tender gums, or an unpleasant taste in your mouth with no explanation.
On the other hand, pulp damage can be completely symptomless. Left untreated, infected or inflamed pulp can cause pain, swelling and damage to the underlying bone.
What are the benefits of having root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is an alternative to extraction that allows you to keep the original tooth. This makes it a popular choice for many patients.
Root canal treatment involves removing all the pulp from your tooth, leaving no vital tissues within.
However, the surrounding area still contains vital tissues such as the periodontal membrane, the supporting bone and the gum. Teeth that have undergone root canal treatment work just like your other teeth. Normal hygiene measures and dental care will be enough to keep them healthy.
How painful is root canal treatment?
Dentists use anaesthetic when performing root canal treatments. This reduces discomfort and, in many cases, makes them completely painless. You may notice some tenderness or sensitivity in your tooth afterwards, but this will stop after a few days. This is the result of the surrounding tissues swelling temporarily.
Over the counter painkillers or analgesics should be enough to treat this discomfort. If you experience ongoing or severe pain or swelling, you should ask your dentist for advice.