Root canal therapy can save a tooth and provide relief from serious pain, but unfortunately many people are nervous about the treatment because of misinformation. Root canal therapy is nothing to be nervous about. Keep reading to learn more about what it is and how it can protect your oral health.
Each tooth in your mouth is made up of multiple parts. At the center of each tooth is the dental pulp—a bundle of nerves and blood vessels that provide sensation and nutrition to the tooth. Sometimes this dental pulp becomes infected. If the infection is allowed to persist, it can cause severe pain, destroy the tooth, and spread to the surrounding teeth and gums.
Root canal therapy is a procedure used to extract the infected pulp and clean the interior of the tooth. Once the inside of the tooth has been cleaned it will be filled and covered with a crown to keep it protected in the future.
What are the signs you need root canal therapy?
Signs you need root canal therapy include:
- Sensitivity or pain when exposed to hot or cold
- Swollen, sensitive, or red gums.
- Pain in one tooth or pain that results when pressure is applied to an area of the mouth.
In some cases, people who need root canal therapy don’t notice any problems. This is why it is important to visit your dentist regularly for checkups. A dentist can catch and diagnose problems early on so that they can be corrected quickly.
Why is root canal therapy important?
Root canal therapy is important because it can save your natural tooth. While there are replacement options available if necessary, no replacement will be as good as your original tooth. If the infection isn’t removed and addressed, it could spread throughout the mouth and cause further problems. In some cases it could mean that a tooth needs to be extracted. This is a complicated procedure that leaves you with a gap in your smile that has to be filled. While it is good to have options available when necessary, your best option is to protect the teeth you already have as best you can.
To learn more about how root canal therapy can save your tooth, contact O’Brien Dental Care.