Why Are Root Canals Important

Dr Ajinder Kaur D.D.S.

The Root Canal is a very common tooth treatment nowadays that may have to be performed for infected teeth, a deep cavity that has reached the pulp, tooth injury or leaky fillings.

The most common cause of a person requiring a root canal is due to the pulp infection.

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The ‘pulp’ is a part of the tooth system and is present in the center of a tooth. It is made up of  nerves and blood vessels and often, due to several reasons, this pulp might get severely rotten or infected. You may be suffering from an inflamed or infected tooth.

If you are facing the following symptoms:

  • The patient a lot of pain and the patient may even refrain from having food due to the tooth pain.
  • Patient may suffer excessive pain while specifically drinking hot or cold beverages.
  • In some cases, one may even notice swelling in the gum around the infected tooth.
  • Pain in the infected tooth can occur constantly. The pain may grow even more while chewing or applying pressure on the tooth.
  • In rare cases, one may notice the formation of a pus filled abscess on the gum around the infected tooth.
  • Sometimes, the infected tooth changes its color to a darker shade so you can easily detect which tooth is causing you pain.

Such a thing must be treated as soon as possible in order to prevent the patient from losing his or her tooth. The pulp is a necessity during the days of the growth of a person’s teeth but after that, the pulp ceases to be a vital part of the tooth. Thus, the best solution for a decaying pulp is to remove it completely as its removal will not affect you.

Many people hesitate from getting a root canal, thinking of it as an extremely painful procedure but in fact, patients have stated that the pain they suffered from the infected tooth was far worse than the pain from the root canal treatment. Delaying the procedure can worsen the infection and cause further complications.

Before the beginning of the surgery, the doctor injects you with anesthesia to make the procedure almost painless for you. A dentist drill is used to create a hole on the top of the tooth and the pulp is removed. The canals are then cleaned with antibacterial agents and are filled with gutta percha in order to prevent the infection from returning and to seal the hole in the tooth made with a drill previously. A crown then restores the original tooth structure.

After the root canal treatment, one may notice swelling but this can be decreased with the help of ice or ice packs. Proper medication, which consists of antibiotics must be taken on time to prevent the infection from returning. Your doctor may also prescribe pain killers.

The root canal treatment is not dangerous or risky as it is performed by highly expert dentists. Make sure you choose the best dentist in your area to perform this surgery.

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Why Cavities Occur

Out of all the dental diseases, cavity is the most common one. You must have often seen or

heard cavity infomercials for children. This is because the major reason of cavity buildup in the teeth is due to lack of dental hygiene. Almost all adults who didn’t get a fluoride treatment, or didn’t use fluoride toothpaste when they were kids, end up with a lot of cavities in their mouth.

It takes a while for a cavity to occur and one may not even notice it until it’s too late and the cavity is too deep. Cavity causes decaying of the tooth which also leads to discoloration of the tooth sometimes, making the affected tooth a few shades darker from the rest of the teeth. Chewing food often leads to small food particles getting stuck between the teeth. Sometimes these particles are so small that you can not even notice it with the naked eye. When these food particles stay in your mouth, they slowly turn acidic and promote growth of the germs. All of this, combined with your saliva and bacteria, lead to plaque formation on the teeth. As the plaque grows, it infects the enamel and ‘eats it up’. This causes formation of a hole in the tooth. If no dental care is given to this hole, it gets deeper until it reaches the end of the tooth, near the nerve ending. This causes severe pain which affects the entire mouth.

Causes of Cavity Formation:

  • Poor dental hygiene can lead to growth of bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria may lead to all sorts of dental diseases such as gum diseases, tooth decay, cavities, etc.
  • There are a few germs always lurking in your mouth and eating food that contains too much of sugar and carbohydrates boosts the growth of these bacteria. These food products boost tooth decay.
  • The bacteria and germs produce acid which eats on your tooth’s enamel, causing a hole to develop, which is called the cavity.
  • As saliva helps in preventing growth of plaque, a person with dry mouth is more likely to suffer from tooth cavities.
  • Tooth grinding causes erosion of the top protective layer of the teeth, this makes easy for the germs to infect the teeth and cause cavities.

Preventing Formation of Cavities:

  • The easiest way for germs to spread is through saliva. Thus, it is recommended to not share cups, kitchen utensils, etc.
  • Maintain a healthy diet that doesn’t contain excess amount of sugary and fatty food items.
  • When you notice tooth pain, which specifically increases while you eat hot or cold food, follow up with a dentist immediately to treat the cavity before it spreads more and turns into an even more serious disease. Not treating even a minor cavity can end up causing you to need a root canal.
  • Brushing teeth with fluoride toothpaste is recommended as fluoride kills the germs in your mouth and also stops the acids which lead to cavity.

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