Almost anyone who suffers from tooth pain wonders – ‘Do I need a root canal?’. Well, only a dentist can answer this question for sure, that too after performing a thorough checkup. However, if you are trying to figure out what root canals are, and if you need one, here are a few things you must know…
What is Root Canal?
Root canals or endodontic therapy is performed by dentist Gorokan when the pulp composed of nerves of the tooth gets infected.
Common causes of root canals
Decay: When tooth decay penetrates the outer layer of teeth, it can cause root canal pain.
Disease: There are many conditions which can affect your tooth pulp adversely. Some of these are – trauma to tooth, severe decay, large fillings, cracks in tooth, dental procedures, etc. If anything interferes and infects your tooth pulp, your dentist will recommend root canal.
Damage: Due to any trauma or injury, if your tooth gets cracked or chipped, you may experience root canal pain.
How to judge if you have a root canal pain?
You may experience pain in your teeth for many different reasons, and in many different ways. In simple words, all teeth pain is not root canal pain. However, there are some severe and chronic pains which can be accepted as root canal pain, this includes –
- Experiencing severe pain while eating or applying pressure on a particular tooth.
- Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold food.
- Appearance of a small bump on the gums surrounding a particular tooth.
- Sudden darkening of teeth
- Swelling in gums surrounding the tooth which pains.
What to do when you experience root canal pain?
When you notice one or more of the above mentioned symptoms, the first thing you must do is contact a reliable dentist. Talk to staff members and explain your condition and pain experience in detail. Ideally, the staff will arrange an appointment with the dentist and consider your case as an emergency. By the time, to sooth your pain use ice packs.
Root Canal Procedure:
Understanding the condition: To understand the severity of infection, your dentist will first take an X-ray of your teeth.
Numb the area: You will be given local anesthesia, in order to prevent pain.
Drilling: Once the infected area is numb, your dentist will start drilling a hole in your tooth. Special tools will be used to reach the damaged nerve and pulp tissues and remove them.
Sealing: Once all the infected pulp and nerve are removed, your dentist will seal the tooth with temporary filling. However, some dentist will leave the tooth open for a while so the additional infected materials get drained away.
Final part: A customized crown will be made and placed to cover the access hole or proper filling will be done to completely seal the area.
Individuals, who have gone through the procedure of root canal, report that it is not a big of a deal. In fact, many say it is exactly like getting a cavity filled. Then again, root canal pain and experience vary from person to person.