For most of history a tooth with a diseased nerve was considered a lost cause; however, modern technology and improved dental methods allow your dentist to save that tooth with a procedure known as a “root canal”. Southbrook Dental Group offers root canal treatments in South Edmonton and the Ellerslie area to save an infected tooth from extraction.
Once a tooth has fully emerged through the gums, its nerve serves only a sensory function; i.e. providing the sensation of hot or cold. The day-to-day function of the tooth is not really affected by the nerve, otherwise.
A cracked tooth or one with a deep cavity is vulnerable to the incursion of germs and bacteria, which can cause an infection inside the tooth, and if left untreated may form an abscess. Infected tissue typically causes pain and swelling, and unless the infected tissue is removed it can damage your jawbone and adversely affect your overall physical health. Without proper treatment, the tooth will most likely have to be extracted.
Signs That a Root Canal is Needed
Some of the signs that a root canal is needed include a severe toothache, pain when chewing or applying pressure, an increased sensitivity to hot and cold, a dark discolouration on the tooth, or swelling and tenderness in surrounding gum tissue. Not every patient experiences all of these symptoms, and some patients experience no symptoms at all; however, if you experience any of these symptoms or suspect you might have an infected tooth, contact Southbrook Dental Group right away.
The Root Canal Process
Root canal treatment typically requires 1 to 3 visits. The process starts with your dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes with problems in the nerves of the teeth) removing the infected tissue from the tooth and then cleaning and sealing the interior. The last step is to fill the tooth with a dental composite; teeth that had extensive decay may also be fitted with a crown to strengthen the tooth and protect it from breakage.
Once the root canal has been completed, you should continue to care for your teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups. With proper care your restored tooth can last a lifetime!