It is one of the most notorious procedures in dentistry. A root canal is performed when it becomes necessary to replace the ‘pulp’ within an infected tooth with a filling. It involves drilling through the centre of the tooth to prevent any further infection from spreading into the surrounding bone and soft tissues. The infection is caused by bacteria which live in your mouth and invade the tooth as a result of decay, leaky fillings, severe gum disease or traumatic damage (like cracks).
It is absolutely an essential procedure, in cases of advanced deterioration or injury of the tooth as well as preventing a more serious infection. It is usually described as an uncomfortable procedure, but the only other alternative to the root canal treatment will be the extraction of the tooth involved which results in losing a tooth and leaving a gap there.
It is our priority to keep you comfortable and relaxed throughout the root canal treatment procedure. Our talented professional team knows how to ensure that your root canal is performed quickly, expertly, and pain-free by the aid of using state-of-the-art technology. Our dentists have enormous amounts of experience performing this procedure, and we know what you are expecting from us when you walk in the door: a proper procedure, done with precision.
Contact Cosmoz Dental Care when you are in need, and we can take care of your root canal in the relaxed and professional confines of our clinic. We are ready when you are!
What does root canal treatment mean?
The dental pulp is located inside the pulp chamber and the root canals of your teeth, and constantly produces a protective layer of hard tissue called “tertiary dentin” to avoid damage to itself. If the tooth is damaged in some way (through tooth decay or trauma), bacteria can enter the deep parts of the tooth and harm the pulp in a reversible or sometimes irreversible manner.
Root canal procedures are used to preserve the natural tooth when the pulp of the tooth damaged irreversibly. During a root canal procedure, your dentist will remove the infected pulp from the root canal system and replace it with a special rubbery root canal filling material. This helps to repair the tooth and keep it intact providing an ideal seal of the canal/s, which is more ideal than having a missing tooth replaced with an implant or denture.
Symptoms of Root Canal Treatment Need
There are a variety of symptoms you can look for. Some symptoms to watch out for include:
– Severe toothache/pain (especially when chewing or applying pressure, or disturbing your sleep)
– Prolonged sensitivity or pain to hot/cold temperatures
– Discolouration (darkening) of the affected tooth
– Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums or your face
– A gum boil or pus drainage around the tooth
Although there are many symptoms associated with dental pulp damage, many people do not have any symptoms at all and are not aware that their tooth is in trouble until they see their dentist. So, it is crucial to have regular check-ups as your dentist can notice their signs even if you do not have any symptoms. By having regular check-ups, your dentist can also recognise the early signs of decay or damage of your tooth and prevent needing a root canal treatment in the first place.