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What is a Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure required when the tooth becomes badly decayed and the nerve and root canal of the tooth is infected. The procedure involves cleaning and medicating an infected nerve or root canal of the tooth and then filling it with a root filling. Without treatment, the blood vessels and nerves inside the tooth become severely infected, leading to pus and abscesses forming. After root canal treatment, it’s common for the dentist to recommend placing a crown on the tooth to give it maximum long-term protection.
What are the Benefits of Root Canal?
Here are some of the main benefits:
Prevents Tooth Loss
There are different ways to deal with a tooth that is decayed or has a cavity. Some patients prefer to have the tooth extracted to eliminate the problem. This provides a permanent solution to preventing further toothaches or dealing with cavities.
However, tooth extraction leaves gaps between teeth, which may cause potential problems. With a root canal, patients don’t have to worry about losing their teeth, which helps to preserve the natural arrangement of your teeth.
Prevents Infection of Neighbouring Teeth
Pulp infection is the primary cause of tooth decay. The infection occurs when bacteria accumulate in the pulp. If not removed, the infected pulp may spread to adjacent teeth.
A root canal procedure is necessary to remove the infected pulp and prevent bacteria growth and spread.
Boosts Teeth Aesthetics
A root canal often requires removing the infected pulp, cleaning the affected area, and fitting the tooth with a crown.
Crowns are necessary for restoring the aesthetics of teeth. They help to restore both the functionality and the aesthetic value of the tooth.
Boosts Oral and Overall Health
Dental conditions such as extreme decay and toothaches are common among individuals. They cause discomfort and, in severe cases, tooth loss. A root canal procedure keeps teeth healthy and prevents unnecessary procedures like tooth extraction.
A root canal not only improves oral health but can also prevent conditions associated with poor oral health, such as heart disease, respiratory infections, diabetes, and gastrointestinal diseases.
Prevents Jawbone Degeneration
The Root Canal Procedure is an alternative to tooth extraction. A root canal saves the infected tooth while preventing jawbone complications in the future.
How do you know if you need a Root Canal?
A root canal is needed if a tooth becomes cracked from injury or genetics, if a cavity is deep, or if there is an issue from a previous filling.
There are a few symptoms that mean you might need a root canal:
Severe pain while chewing or biting
A chipped or cracked tooth
Cold or hot sensitivity
Swollen or tender gums
Deep decay or darkening of the gums