Root canal therapy involves the removal of decay from a tooth’s pulp and root.
A root canal is a procedure that is performed to repair and save a tooth that has been damaged by deep decay or infection. The process involves removing the nerve and pulp from the inside of the tooth, as well as sealing it off so that bacteria cannot enter. Root canal treatment helps to alleviate painful symptoms and prevent future dental problems caused by bacteria entering into the pulp.
There are many reasons why someone might need a root canal — read on to find out more about the procedure and some of the signs that you could benefit from the treatment…
What is a root canal?
During root canal therapy, your dentist will clean out the decay and infected pulp from the soft core of your tooth. The core of the tooth contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, which is collectively known as dental pulp.
When decay enters the core of a tooth, the pulp can become infected or inflamed, in which case a root canal treatment is often recommended. During the procedure, your dentist will remove bacteria and decay and disinfect the affected area. The remaining space will then be filled and sealed to prevent further bacteria and decay from entering the area. In many cases, a dental crown is placed to restore strength to the affected tooth.
How do you know if you need root canal therapy?
Your dentist will be able to let you know if you need root canal treatment, but there are a few signs that could indicate that you are a candidate for the procedure.
One of the possible warning signs is tooth pain — if you experience persistent and severe pain in one or more teeth, it is advisable that you see your dentist as soon as possible. The pain may even extend into your face and jaw.
Other possible signs of deep decay and infection include sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks; tooth discolouration in the affected tooth; swollen gums; a loose tooth; and a chipped or cracked tooth.
Can you prevent a root canal?
One of the best ways to avoid the need for root canal therapy is to practice proper oral hygiene daily. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing once every day, and rinsing with an anti-bacterial mouthwash.
Maintaining good oral hygiene routines is just one part of maintaining overall health; it is also important that you see your dentist for regular check-ups and cleans. These appointments are especially important if you have been diagnosed with gum disease. During these check-ups, your oral hygienist or dentist will clean the tartar from beneath your gums and around your teeth to ensure that it doesn’t turn into a more serious condition such as periodontitis. Dental check-ups also give your dentist the opportunity to identify and resolve the early signs of tooth decay before they become more serious and lead to painful symptoms and infection.
Your diet can also affect your oral health. It is advisable that you limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks as much as possible. This includes candy, gum and even fruit juices that contain a lot of sugar. If you do eat a sweet treat, be sure to rinse your mouth with water afterwards to minimise contact of sugar and acids with your teeth.
Good oral health is all about routine, and it will save you a lot of pain in the future. Start now to avoid problems tomorrow!
How can we help?
At Blue Star Dental, we offer a range of restorative dental treatments, including root canal therapy. If you are suffering from tooth decay or a painful infection, we encourage you to come in and see us as soon as possible. We will examine your teeth and let you know if root canal therapy is the most appropriate treatment for you.
If you would like to find out more about root canal therapy and what the process involves, please have a look here.
To book an appointment, please contact us here or give us a call on (07) 3801 3499.