If your teeth are severely damaged, your dentist may recommend root canal treatment. If you are curious about what exactly happens during a root canal treatment, go through the article, and you will be ready for your treatment. But, first, you need to know what a root canal treatment is.

A root canal is a dental procedure that involves the removal of the pulp. The pulp’s nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels help teeth grow. Dentists or endodontists can only confirm if you need a root canal, but some factors must be considered.

The most common root canal symptoms include:

  • Constant pain: It is a pain that bothers you constantly or occasionally. This pain may go away from time to time; however, it can come back suddenly.
  • If you have a toothache while enjoying your daily coffee (hot beverage) or ice cream (cold beverage or desserts), you may need root canal treatment.
  • Root canal treatment is needed when one of your teeth gets infected, pus accumulates at the base of your tooth, and the gums become swollen or soft.
  • You may have boils on your gums; pus from infected teeth may cause an unpleasant taste or odour. Sometimes the wound pus does not drain. Hence, visually, your jaw may swell.
  • When your tooth decay is infected, it causes your teeth to look black. This is due to the poor blood supply to the teeth.
  • If you have pain while eating or touching your teeth, it might indicate that the nerves around the gums are damaged.
  • The bacteria can get into your tooth decay if you accidentally break your teeth while playing sports or bite into a hard tooth and catch the tooth’s crown.
  • An infected tooth may feel loose. It is due to the accumulation of pus in an infected pulp, which can soften tooth bones.
  • Your dentist might suggest a root canal treatment for you if the teeth start to move also.

Root canal treatment may require one or two appointments, depending on infected teeth. Root canals take 30-60 minutes. An hour and a half is needed to treat a large tooth with multiple roots. Before starting a root canal, your dentist or endodontist should X-ray the damaged tooth. This determines the damage and whether a root canal is needed.

Root canals prevent infection from spreading to other teeth, reduce jaw bone damage, and prevent tooth loss.

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Article originally appeared at: https://www.thedailystar.net/

Author: Dr Adily Adib Khan