At Point Loma Dentistry, a root canal is a treatment option created to restore and save an infected or damaged tooth as an alternative to removing it. Advancements in techniques and equipment for root canals have made it quicker, easier, and often pain-free.
What Are the Chief Causes of Root Canal Problems?
Most tooth problems are caused by infections that spread to the pulp, which is the tooth's inner chamber comprising nerves, blood vessels, and other soft connective tissues. When the condition becomes severe, it can start affecting the roots. The common causes of root canal problems include:
Tooth decay is a primary cause of deep infection. The untreated dental cavities will ultimately allow bacteria to penetrate their way down to the tooth's center, where they may infect the pulp tissue.
A chipped or cracked tooth is another reason for the bacteria to enter the pulp. An opening in the protective enamel coating has the potential to allow bacteria access to the tooth's pulp.
A severe injury to a tooth can also be a major cause of pulp tissue damage. In this case, it's crucial to seek treatment immediately to save the tooth and prevent future problems.
In some cases, widespread dental work itself may cause damage to the pulp tissue that will require a root canal procedure. In addition, multiple fillings or restorations on the same tooth can harm the dental pulp.
What Are the Symptoms of Root Canal Problems?
If you feel unbearable and constant pain in your mouth or visible swelling and extreme sensitivity in your gums, then it's a clear sign that you may need an evaluation and treatment right away. Another symptom of pulp tissue damage is severe pain when you bite down on food. Persistent pain after eating hot or cold foods is also an indication of possible trouble. If you experience any of these symptoms, you need to undertake an examination at the earliest.
What to Expect During Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal treatment is one of the most routine and effective procedures that can often be accomplished in just one visit. The root canal process generally begins with administering an anesthetic to numb the tooth and the surrounding area. Next, a slight opening is made on the affected tooth's surface to access the inner pulp chamber and root canals. With the help of tiny instruments, the dying pulp tissue is removed. The empty canals are then cleaned, disinfected, and finally reshaped. Then the area is packed with a biocompatible material and a medication designed to prevent infection. It's necessary to have a crown or other restoration placed to strengthen the tooth further and re-establish it fully.
Call us at Point Loma Dentistry: (619) 223-3811 or schedule an online appointment to know more about root canal treatment.