Root Canal Treatment: What you need to know
The term “Root Canal” is not a treatment, but an inner part of the tooth between the pulp and the tooth roots. It contains blood vessels, nerves, and other cells. Root canal treatment is a procedure that treats the pulp and the root canal of the tooth that is either inflamed, infected, or dead. During a root canal treatment, the pulp is removed along with the blood vessels and the nerve tissues from the tooth, and the pulp chamber is sealed to prevent any bacteria from entering.
Common causes of root canal pain:
- Tooth decay: Cavity or tooth decay that has penetrated the outer layer of the tooth and exposed the pulp.
- Damage: Cracks or chips in the tooth that exposes or injures the pulp.
- Disease: Any risk factor for infection in the pulp that includes but not limited to, periodontal disease, dental trauma, recent dental procedure, large fillings, etc.
When do you need root canal treatment?
Not all types of tooth pain are an indication of your need for a root canal treatment. But there are some signs of tooth pain that indicate you may need a root canal treatment as soon as possible:
- Severe tooth pain while eating or when you put pressure on the tooth.
- Sensitivity to hot or cold that remains even after the hot or cold stimuli has been removed.
- A pimple-like bump on the gum or swelling in the gum near the area of tooth pain.
- Darkening of the tooth.
Cost of root canal treatment:
A root canal procedure is significantly cheaper than extracting the tooth and receiving a dental implant. If a root canal infection is left untreated, you may permanently lose the tooth and the infection may spread to your jawbone. This would lead to an increased amount of intense pain. A tooth that has had a successful root canal treatment often lasts a lifetime!
Dr. Salim Kapadia Dental Centre is well known for successful root canal treatments in Scarborough and Markam area. If you are experiencing any of the root canal infection symptoms, contact Dr. Salim Kapadia immediately. Dr. Kapadia also treats failing root canal treatments.