Root canals are a dental procedure to address an infection or inflammation in the tooth's pulp. The pulp is the innermost layer of the tooth. The pulp provides the tooth with nutrients and minerals and is responsible for keeping the tooth alive. After an injury or illness, the pulp can become inflamed or infected. This can cause tooth pain and sensitivity and may be accompanied by swelling. At Southdale Dental Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, a root canal is necessary to save the tooth from extraction when the pulp has become infected or inflamed.
When Is Endodontic Treatment Necessary?
Endodontic treatment becomes necessary when a tooth becomes infected due to deep tooth decay or tooth injury. The symptoms are a noticeable toothache or tooth sensitivity to hot or cold beverages.
When a tooth is cracked, the crack is usually vertical, with up-and-down movement, but can also be horizontal, with side-to-side movement. Damages can occur in teeth with fillings, crowns, or restorations. Cracks result from severe trauma, such as hitting something hard (hard candy, ice), falling, or a sports injury.
Root Canal Therapy
A root canal procedure consists of removing all of the infected or dead dental pulp from your tooth. After your tooth roots have been thoroughly disinfected, they will be filled with a dental compound and then sealed.
Once the root canal procedure is complete, your tooth will continue functioning normally. However, it would help if you continued to practice good oral hygiene habits, including brushing and flossing.
The Symptoms of Root Canal?
The main sign that you may need a root canal is severe tooth pain. Severe tooth pain may be accompanied by symptoms such as:
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Tooth discoloration
- Gum inflammation
- Bad breath
- Tooth pain when chewing or biting
- Tooth pain when brushing.
The Root Canal Procedure
During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. The damaged tooth is carefully restored with a crown or other restoration to complete the procedure. When left untreated, a deep cavity or infection can cause the nerve and pulp to become damaged beyond the point where root canal therapy can save the tooth. At that point, extraction may be necessary.
Is a Root Canal Painful?
A root canal is generally no more painful than having a cavity filled. Sometimes patients experience an infection, which can make the treatment slightly uncomfortable. A root canal helps prevent the disease from spreading to other mouth areas.
Southdale Dental Kingston, Jamaica West Indies is located at Southdale Dental, Shop 8, E. Southdale Plaza, 3 South Ave, Kingston 10, Jamaica, 00010, and can be reached at (876) 929-3312 for the best dental care.