Do you experience sudden throbbing pain in your tooth? You may need a root canal treatment.
Tooth decay, when left untreated, can extend to the nerve inside the tooth causing severe and spontaneous pain. The pain typically increases at night and can worsen while consuming cold or sweet foods. Severely damaged tooth can be saved only with a root canal treatment.
What is a root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment involves the complete removal of the tooth’s damaged or dead pulp, which is what causes the intense pain. After the pulp is removed, the remaining space is cleaned, sterilised, and filled with a material called gutta-percha. It is then sealed into place with cement. Metal or plastic rods may be inserted into the canal for structural support if needed. A crown is usually placed over the root canaled tooth to restore the natural appearance.
Common causes of pulp damage:
If the pulp is infected, it needs to be treated immediately. Else, there can be a build-up of puss at the tip of the root forming an abscess which may destroy the bone around the tooth.
Save your teeth
Previously, if you had a tooth with damaged pulp, you would most likely end up losing that tooth. Today, with root canal treatment, we are able to remove the infected pulp and save your natural tooth.
Many people seem to fear this treatment, but root canal treatment is a relatively simple procedure that provides excellent results. It can save even severely infected teeth from being extracted. Depending on how severe the decay is, the treatment may require several appointments.
Once the tooth is treated and restored, it can last an entire lifetime, provided you care for it well. Remember that decay can still happen in treated teeth, therefore you need to maintain excellent oral hygiene to prevent further problems.Since a root canaled tooth is a dead structure (because there is no pulp to keep the tooth alive), it can become brittle and get fractured easily. Getting a proper crown fitted can help prevent this.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
After the treatment, you may experience some pain when biting down on the treated tooth. This pain should disappear within about 48 hours. The dentist may prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug to help.