Root canal treatment
The health of your teeth is important, even down to the roots!
Root canal treatment
Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a procedure that aims to remove dead or infected tissue within a tooth. It often helps avoid the loss or extraction of the tooth. Endodontic treatment becomes necessary when the dental pulp, the inner part of the tooth located in the root canal, is damaged or infected.
Damaged fillings, deep cavities, cracks, and trauma can lead to infection of the dental pulp. If you experience pain, sensitivity in the tooth, or feel variations in hot and cold sensations when eating, a root canal treatment may be necessary.
Fortunately, there are several painless techniques available today for this type of intervention. Our dentists will ensure that the treatment is as comfortable as possible for you.
Following a root canal treatment, it is often recommended to protect the tooth with a crown. This is because the structure of the tooth may become weakened, and a crown will help maintain the treatment over time. An unprotected tooth is more prone to breakage or fracture, which may eventually require extraction.
What are the consequences if I don't undergo a necessary root canal treatment?
Persistent pain and infection: If the dental pulp is infected or inflamed, it can cause severe pain and infection.
Dental abscess: Untreated infection in the root of the tooth can lead to the formation of a dental abscess, which is a buildup of pus at the end of the tooth root. Dental abscesses can be extremely painful and often require urgent dental intervention.
Tooth loss: Untreated infection can cause irreparable damage to the tooth, eventually leading to tooth loss. Losing a tooth can impact chewing function, smile aesthetics, and overall oral health.
How to prevent the need for a root canal treatment?
To prevent the need for a root canal treatment, it is essential to adopt good oral hygiene practices and take care of your teeth properly.
- Brush your teeth regularly: Brush your teeth at least twice a day, for two minutes each time.
- Use dental floss daily.
- Maintain a balanced diet: Avoid foods that are high in sugars and starches, as they promote the formation of dental plaque and cavities.
- Regularly visit your dentist: Regular dental check-ups help detect dental problems at an early stage and treat them before they become more serious.