Root canal treatment is designed to remove infection that has built up in the root canal of the tooth, thereby eliminating the pain.
The procedure involves removal of infected nerve and pulp tissue of the affected tooth.
While root canal treatments have an outdated reputation for being painful, the truth is that modern dental anaesthetics have advanced significantly, making most root canal procedures totally pain free. In fact, living with an infected or decaying tooth is much more painful than a quick root canal procedure that’s no more painful than a filling placement.
Some signs that you may need a root canal treatment
- Tooth pain
The most common symptom that you may require root canal treatment is tooth pain. The level of pain can range from mild to severe, it may lessen or intensify throughout the day or may get worse when you bite down on the tooth. You may experience sensitivity to hot foods or liquids.
- Facial, gum or jaw swelling
Swelling of the gums can occur in the area around an infected tooth. The area may be tender, or you may be able to feel a noticeable lump. Instead of prominent swelling, a gum boil may form on the gums.
- Fistula (pimple) on your gums
Pimple like gum lesions are mostly caused by an infection inside the tooth. Over time their size can increase and decrease. Gum lesions serve as a drain for the infection so are often associated with a disgusting taste.
Root canal treatment can help to prolong and preserve the life of a tooth and the sooner treatment is begun the greater the chances of saving the tooth! First the tooth will be anaesthetised so you will not experience any pain during treatment. The dentist will then make a small hole in the tooth to allow them to access the root canal, before cleaning and disinfecting the canals to prevent further infection. The canals will then be filled and a crown put on the tooth to strengthen and protect it.
It is important that if you notice any of these signs that you book an appointment with your dentist so that they can assess the tooth, helping to ensure that any problems are treated quickly, relieving any pain.
If you would like to find out more about how root canal treatment can help you to keep your natural teeth for longer, do not hesitate to call College Dental Surgeries on 01622 752340 and one of our team will be happy to assist you.