When the nerves of teeth die due to tooth decay or cracks, the tooth can often be saved with a root canal treatment. Severe pain, sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling are the signs that a root canal problem exists. The purpose of root canal treatment is mainly to eliminate tooth pain without extracting the tooth. Each root canal treatment is a challenge to a Dental Surgeon because they try to salvage a tooth which may otherwise need to be extracted. Modern root canal therapy is relatively pain less and most of the cases are done in a single sitting. A Root canal treated tooth serves its purpose and function just as any other healthy tooth. Once the treatment is done, a cap is put on the tooth to ensure protection for the teeth for almost a lifetime.
Common Symptoms that might indicate the need for root canal therapy include:
- Severe and constant tooth pain
- Pain increases when you lie down and reduces when you sit up.
- significant sensitivity to hot or cold
- Swelling around the tooth.
- Pain when chewing.
- Darkening of the color of only one tooth
- Tooth sensitivity on consuming sweets.
The root canal procedure is very simple and painless. An incision in the back of a front tooth or the crown of a molar or pre-molar will be made at first. The diseased pulp will be removed and pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned through this incision. The cleaned root canals and pulp chambers will be filled. After filling them, it will close and a crown will place above that. The crown is usually fitted in order to give the tooth a natural look and shape.
You may need several office visits. With proper care, a restored tooth will last for a lifetime.