As you are sitting in the dentist’s chair there are many things you probably don’t want your dentist to say, and foremost among them is, “it looks like you might need a root canal”
But root canal can be a most effective way to treat some kinds of dental problems, and are often the last treatment that can save a tooth.
At A Supa Smile, we are expert in all dental procedures, including the root canal (sometimes called “endodontic therapy”).
In case you ever need a root canal, we offer you a little bit more about why they are sometimes necessary
What Is A Root Canal?
The term “root canal” can refer to both the inner part (passages) of the tooth between the pulp and tooth roots, and to the dental procedure used to remove infected material and relieve root canal pain. The root canals contain nerves and blood vessels.
Once an adult tooth has emerged from the gums, the tooth’s nerve senses heat, cold, and other stimuli. Removing a nerve in an infected tooth is part of a standard procedure to treat teeth pain caused by decay or infection in the tooth pulp.
What Causes Root Canals?
The need for a root canal can be caused by:
- Damage: Tooth decay that has penetrated the outer layers of the teeth can cause root canal pain.
- Decay: Cracks or chips in teeth can cause tooth decay and root canal pain.
- Disease: Repeated dental procedures in the same area can promote deep tooth decay and root canal pain.
If the cause of your teeth pain is serious decay or infection in the tooth pulp, your dentist may recommend a root canal.
Signs A Root Canal Might Be Needed
Many times there are few or no symptoms in a tooth that needs a root canal. This is why it is important to have regular check-ups to try to avoid problems before they become acute emergencies. X-rays often reveal chronic infections at the tip of the tooth or decay, which is either into the pulp or very near it.
Not all types of teeth pain means a root canal is needed. But signs of infection severe enough to require a root canal include:
- Serious teeth pain when eating or when you put pressure on the area, particularly if the pain is prolonged
- Teeth pain and sensitivity to hot or cold that lingers after the hot or cold stimuli have been removed
- A small, pimple-like bump on the gums near the area of teeth pain
- Darkening or discolouration of of the tooth
- Tenderness or swelling in the gums near the area of teeth pain
- A sour taste in the mouth caused by pus from an abcess
Signs You Probably Don’t Need a Root Canal (But Might Need Something Else)
The following common signs and symptoms may indicate other dental issues:
- Mild tooth pain when you eat or drink something that is hot or cold, but the pain is not prolonged.
- Sharp pain in your tooth when you bite in a certain way. This could be a cracked tooth.
- Tooth pain when you eat something sweet and sugary, that goes away quickly.
- Painful teeth, but it’s hard to tell which ones. The pain is also worsened when you are active. This can be sinusitis.
- Pain in your cheeks or increased pain in your mouth in the morning. You could be grinding or clenching your teeth at night.
Of course, if you have any of these symptoms your first step should be a quick call and visit to your friends at A Supa Smile.
Questions Related To Root Canals
- Do Root Canals Work?
Root canal pain is relieved after most root canal procedures. Data from root canal procedures show a 95 percent success rate, and many teeth that are preserved with root canal procedures can last for the rest of your life.
- How Do I Prevent Root Canal Pain?
To help prevent the need for future root canal procedures to relieve root canal pain, follow a regular oral care routine of twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing, and see us at A Supa Smiles regularly to check the condition of your root canal treatment and any crowns or fillings.
A root canal is not a ‘fun’ treatment, but it is often the best treatment to save a tooth with a dead nerve or serious levels of damage. At A Supa Smile, the root canal process is efficient, effective, and comes without pain.
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A Supa Smile is conveniently located just off of the Maroondah Highway with public transport nearby. For working patients we are open from Mondays to Saturdays, morning until evening. Emergency dental treatment is also available!
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