root canal therapy
Ever had raging toothache? Apparently it is worse than child birth. I’ve never experienced either, but I believe patients when they tell me both are pretty painful.
Root canal therapy is required when the nerve in the tooth is dying or dead.
The excruciating pain people have when root canal therapy is advised by their clinician is the nerve or ‘pulp’ inside the tooth is irreversibly inflamed.
The nerve inside the tooth is kicking and screaming and as it is encased in the outer layers of your tooth structure there is no release for the inflammation – resulting in PAIN.
Once the tooth has reached this stage the only option to save the tooth is to remove the nerve of the tooth. This involves removing the nerve, disinfecting the canals where the nerve once sat, and using a material to seal and fill the root canal spaces of the tooth. This enables you to keep the tooth.
The tooth will be cleared from infection and is still of functioning use – with limitations, but still a functioning part of the dentition gang.
This process takes a few visits with the dentist but is usually complete within 2 – 3 weeks. The initial appointment will normally get rid of the pain, and it is essential to complete the treatment as reinfection on the canals will occur until the tooth is sealed and treatment is complete.
Sometimes people are not aware they need a root canal treatment. This is the case when the nerve in the tooth has already died and often no pain is experienced. This is common in children, if they had had a bump or knock to the mouth. You may notice discoloration of the tooth – turning darker grey/brown in colour.
Or sometimes a small nodule appears on the gum near the tooth which can occasionally drain pus. You don’t feel pain as the nerve in the tooth is ‘dead’ but there is still bacteria and infection within the tooth which needs to be cleaned out. Your dentist will explain your treatment options with pros and cons so you make the best informed decision for you dental health.
Until next time, keep smiling 🙂
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This post was written by Letooth