When Do You Need Root Canal And Its Symptoms & Treatment

As far as root canal is concerned, I have seen people associate it with a painful and traumatic experience. Yes, it’s painful if left untreated. Before discussing about in detail, let’s understand what it is. As far as root canal treatment is concerned, it is a dental procedure to remove infection from the center of your tooth. The infection results due to bacteria formation in your mouth, and invades your natural whites. It occurs when there is tooth decay, when fillings leak or your teeth suffers trauma such as a fall.

When Do You Need a Root Canal Therapy?

You may need to consult an endodontist if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Tremendous and unbearable toothache when chewing food.
  • You notice discoloration of your tooth.
  • Continuous pain or sensitivity to hot or cold food (like hot tea, coffee and ice-cream).
  • Sensitivity remains even when there is no contact with hot or cold food.
  • Sensitivity and swelling in the adjoining gums.
  • Frequent or persistent occurrence of pimple on your gums.

When Do Start Feeling the Pain?

When your tooth pulp becomes infected as a result of fracture (allowing bacteria to penetrate), a deep cavity, or damage resulting out of trauma, the pulp can die. Injured or damaged pulp results in increased flow of blood and cellular activity. This way, no pressure is released from the inside of your tooth. This is when you start experiencing extreme pain when chewing food, biting, and drinking hot or cold beverages.

Why Do You Need Treatment?

Root canal if left untreated will result in the infection to spread and your affected tooth will not heal naturally. If left unattended for a long period of time, the decay will aggravate and your tooth will eventually fall out. You will be forced to consult an endodontist when the pain is no longer bearable.

The Procedure

  • First, the affected area will be numbed using an anesthetic. Thereafter, your endodontist will place a rubber sheet around the affected tooth. An opening will be drilled from the crown to the pulp chamber. The diseased pulp is removed, cleaned and reshaped.
  • If your dentist suggests a temporary filling, on the subsequent appointment, the filling is removed and both the canal and the pulp chamber are filled with ‘gutta percha’ to stop recontamination.
  • Once the filling is done, the affected area will be sealed permanently. Finally, your endodontist will place a porcelain or gold crown over your tooth to toughen tooth structure and enhance appearance.

Success Rate of Root Canal Therapy

The success rate is almost 95 percent. However, if done by an inexperienced dental specialist, the treatment may fail marked by unbearable pain. This occurs rarely unless you get treated by an unprofessional.

Post Treatment Experiences

Post root canal treatment, you may have a feeling of discomfort for a few days. However, it can be alleviated with the help of over-the-counter painkillers.

For best results, a follow-up examination is necessary to monitor how well the tissue is healing. Maintain oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly and seeing your dentist on a periodic basis.

About Kelvin:

Kelvin Chad is familiar with some well-known dentists offering various dental solutions. In this article he is discussing about root canal, its symptoms, when therapy is needed, and why treatment is necessary. The information in this article has been collected from blogs written by experienced dentists in Mission Viejo.


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