Have you experienced painful toothache that just won’t go away? Pain like this could be caused by various reasons, one of which is severe infection that requires a root canal (endodontic) treatment.
A recent study of the American Dental Association shows that an estimated 50% of Americans do not visit a dentist on a regular basis and approximately 15% of these patients avoid dental care altogether because of fear and anxiety about going to the dentist.
However, you should never delay undergoing a root canal therapy, as it will prevent a serious infection from spreading and can ward off damage to nearby teeth.
What is a root canal treatment?
To better understand a root canal treatment, it is essential to understand the anatomy of the tooth. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, lies a soft tissue called pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, and helps to grow the root of your tooth during development. In a fully developed tooth, the tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.
Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. A root canal treatment helps prevent the infection from spreading and reduces the risk of tooth loss.
What are the signs that I might need a root canal treatment?
Should you observe some of the following warning signs, you should contact your Covington dentist as you might need a root canal treatment:
• Pain that comes and goes in waves
• Pain when chewing or biting down
• Toothache that won’t go away
• Inflammation and tenderness
• Swelling gyms
• Extreme tooth sensitivity
Benefits of root canal treatment
The main benefits of root canal treatment include:
Saving your natural teeth
Normal biting force and sensation
Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain
Root canal treatment helps you maintain your healthy and beautiful smile, enjoy the foods you love and limits the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last as long as other natural teeth and often for a lifetime.
Many patients avoid getting a root canal treatment, due to fear of extremely pain. If you are a resident of Covington, you are lucky that you can rely on a professional advice and treatment from Dr. Lee from Covington Smiles. Dr. Lee can offer you sedation dentistry to reduce your discomfort and ensure you have a stress free experience.