What is Root Canal Treatment?
When infection is formed in the roots of a tooth, it is accompanied by a lot of pain and inflammation. In order to counter this adversity, root canal treatment is the best course of action. It requires a surgical dental operation to relieve pain and prevent further tooth decay. It is done by an endodontist who gently removes the pulp inside the tooth to disinfect the root canals. Lastly, a filling is placed to seal the space within the tooth.
When is a Root Canal Necessary?
A root canal is suggested if there is alarming tooth decay and pain. The decay is often caused when the tooth is exposed to acids and other irritants present in the mouth. This exposure affects the enamel, eventually forming deep cavities.
Although cavities can be easily filled with dental fillings, they are often ignored initially. This causes them to get deep and large, eventually reaching the nerve and pulp of the tooth.
The individual then experiences toothaches, especially while eating. The food gets accumulated in the cavity, producing bacteria and making the infection even worse, leading to unbearable pain.
In such a scenario, the dentist recommends root canal surgery.
What are some symptoms that indicate you may need root canal treatment?
It is not hard to notice an infection in your tooth, obviously because it is accompanied by severe pain. However, here’s a list of symptoms that may suggest you need to get a root canal surgery done:
- Incessant Toothache: There are numerous conditions where you may experience toothaches. Not all of those causes are severe or require a root canal. But, in case the pain does not go away within a few days or keeps getting worse with time, you might need to get a root canal done as soon as possible.
- Hot & Cold Sensitivity: When you suddenly consume something extremely hot or cold, you may experience some form of discomfort in your tooth, and that’s normal. But if you are sensitive to normal temperatures of hot and cold, you have a problem.
- Swollen Gums: In case of an infection, you might notice your gums swell. This is a clear indication that the infection is severe, and normally you should experience some sort of pain in the gums as well. In many cases, you might also notice boils forming on your gums.
- Discolouration of Teeth: When the tooth is infected, the chances are that it is going to change its colour from natural white to having a yellowish tint. This happens because the infection has eroded the enamel, which is white in colour. And now your tooth is exposed to the infection and thus the discolouration.
- Tooth Abnormalities: You may experience loosening of the infected tooth, you may feel pain when you press the infected tooth, or in some cases applying pressure may also break the infected tooth because it is already eroded and too brittle.
What’s Really Happening During the Root Canal Procedure?
The primary objective of root canal surgery is to remove the infected pulp from the tooth. The dentist shall place a rubber dam to keep the saliva away from the tooth and clean the interior of the affected tooth.
This cleansing is done repeatedly until all the contaminated debris is removed completely. Then, a filling compound is inserted into the canal. Finally, the dentist seals the tooth in order to avoid further infection.
Why Should You Avoid Tooth Extractions?
In some cases, the dentist may recommend an extraction instead of root canal surgery. It is usually in case the tooth is severely infected and is beyond repair. In such a scenario, if the infected tooth is not removed, the infection can reach the bloodstream causing harm to other organs.
Is Root Canal Treatment Permanent?
No, the root canal is not a permanent solution, but it is the most promising solution that can provide safety for many years at a stretch.
Are there any side effects of root canal treatment?
Usually, there are no side effects, and the procedure is safe and tested. But, in certain exceptional cases, like in the case of severely damaged teeth, it can cause some unwanted consequences after completion of the root canal.
Here’s a glimpse of problems one may face:
- Swelling of the gums
- Pus discharge
- Discolouration of teeth
- Boil formation on the gums
- Sinus-related problems
If you are facing any of the above mentioned dental issues, get an appointment at the Endodontics Department at Allevia Medical Center without any delay. Allevia’s dental care department provides the best root canal treatment in Qatar who will treat your ailment with care and expertise.
Remember that in order to flaunt that precious smile of yours, you must take care of your teeth, and we help!