Root Canal Therapy: Why You Need It0May 23rd, 2010Articles
A popular myth is that having a root canal procedure is a nightmare, in the sense that the overwhelming pain from the dying nerve, pulp or tooth itself can’t be resolved by any dental procedures. This has been disproved countless times by the patients themselves, a majority of which felt immediate relief at the time of the procedure. While others may feel discomfort afterwards, the reason for this is because of neglect of the pain that may have severed the damage on the pulp, nerve or cavity.
A root canal procedure may only mean one of four things:
1.) Tooth decay has obliterated the outer shell of the tooth (enamel), making its way into the dentin, and finally into the pulp itself. This causes severe, blistering pain that often leads to headaches and feverish attacks.
2.) The tooth has become infected and decayed largely because of negligent oral hygiene. This infection causes the secretion of abscess or pus inside the cavity, surrounded by inflamed tissue.
3.) The exposure of the nerves of the tooth, caused by unattended cracks, chipped portions and sills.
4.) Because of a past accident, the tooth, because of natural reasons (aging), trauma or outside exposure to the elements, ages quickly and is in the brink of death.
Root canal therapy is not a lifelong procedure. The therapy itself can be finished in one to three treatments, depending on the severity of the damage. An experienced dentist, specializing in root canal therapy, is called an endodontist.
Another debunked myth is the common notion of people that a tooth must hurt before undergoing any procedure. This is a big false. In fact, this is one of the biggest reasons why the costs of dental procedures rise: the neglect on the part of the patient to quickly undergo procedures adds up to unexpected costs by rapidly severing problems of the tooth even before the onset of pain. An advice given by most dentists is that people should be more wary about their teeth. By just looking at the mirror, one could definitely tell if there is something wrong with a tooth.
A root canal procedure’s benefits are overwhelmingly long, to the extent that you don’t have to go back to the dentist because that tooth will never hurt again after the treatment (with proper hygiene).
Putting into consideration a root canal, expect a jacket crown to be installed on the operated tooth, because in eventuality, the tooth will eventually become brittle because of the shortage or depletion of blood supply caused by the root canal procedure. After a few months, the tooth will eventually break because of constant chewing. This can be prevented by the jacket crown.
We advise people who are in rigorous pain to make sure that an experienced endodontist performs the root canal therapy. As mentioned earlier, an endodontist is a dentist specializing in diseases of the dental pulp and nerve.