What Is A Root Canal?
Your teeth have (basically) three layers: enamel, dentin and pulp. Enamel is the outermost layer, followed by dentin and then the innermost layer: the pulp chamber. The pulp chamber can also be called the root “system” because it houses pulp and live tissue. A root canal is the treatment prescribed when pulp becomes inflamed or infected. This can be caused by enamel decay, a crack in the tooth, or a deep cavity. A root canal is essentially the act of cleaning the canals inside the tooth. Although this treatment is relatively painless and performed with anesthesia, the pain and discomfort before seeing the dentist can be aggravating.
Symptoms and Treatment
If you suspect you might need a root canal, you could be experiencing one or more of these symptoms:
- Tooth pain and sensitivity (especially while eating or applying pressure to the tooth)
- Gum swelling
- Tooth discolouration
The procedure for a root canal is mostly painless and straightforward. Typically, the dentist takes an X-ray to confirm damage to the pulp and/or root. Local anesthesia is then applied to numb the tooth and surrounding area and an opening is made in the tooth to remove infection and clean the canal. Finally, a filling is placed to seal the opening.
Complications of Ignoring a Root Canal
Leaving decaying root canals untreated can have serious and dangerous consequences. Ignoring the symptoms will mean additional pain, until the tooth ultimately dies. The dead tissue attracts bacteria which can spread through gums, the jaw, cheek, and neck causing even more excruciating pain and discomfort. In critical situations, inflammation can spread to the entire body.
Avoid Root Canals
Following a good oral hygiene regimen can help avoid common dental discomfort, but even the most dedicated individual can experience a dental emergency. It is important to call your dentist at the first sign of a potential cavity. Regular cleanings can help the dentist detect issues and correct them before they escalate. DH Dental clinic provides dental care in Lahore you can trust. Call us today at 0322.336.8251 and visit www.dh.dental to experience individualized care from a qualified doctor!