Bacteria can cause lots of problems for teeth. Most of the time, bacteria leads to a cavity that can be easily filled by your dentist. However, if a cavity goes untreated, it can spread, creating a bigger “hole” in your tooth. If the bacteria damages the tooth below the gum line, you may have damage to the root of the tooth, which can cause additional problems. When that happens, you may need a root canal to repair your tooth.
Some indications of the need for root canal treatment may be:
- Spontaneous pain or throbbing while biting.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
- Severe decay or an injury that creates an abscess (infection) in the bone.
A root canal is a dental procedure that repairs a damaged tooth when the damage has extended into the root of the tooth. Cavities start on the tooth, but they can spread further, including to the root of the tooth. If you develop a cavity that’s left untreated, you may need a root canal to repair and save the tooth. A root canal removes the damaged portions of the tooth, including bacteria, then fills and seals the root to keep the tooth in place. Along with the root canal, you may need a crown on the tooth to restore the full tooth to its natural shape.
Root canals can typically be prevented. The damage that leads to a root canal comes from a cavity. If the cavity is detected and filled early, the root canal is not necessary. However, if you don’t take care of the cavity, the bacteria spreads further in the tooth, including to the root.
If you don’t have a root canal when it’s needed, you risk losing the entire tooth. The root is what holds your tooth in place in your mouth. When that part of the tooth becomes damaged, it’s harder for the tooth to stay in place. It may break off at the root, or it may fall out. If that happens, you will need a replacement tooth.
Emergency Root Canals
If you have a severely damaged tooth and tooth and/or gum pain, you may need an emergency root canal. Pain is a signal to the body that something is wrong. If your tooth’s root is damaged and you have pain, that means the tooth may be infected. If you don’t address the problem right away, you may not only lose the tooth, but you could develop more health problems from the infection.
Not all root canals are emergency appointments. If you are not experiencing severe pain, you may be able to schedule your root canal as a regular appointment. Your dentist can help determine if you need an emergency root canal.
If you have damage to your tooth’s root, you are at risk of losing the tooth if you don’t get the dental care you need. Whether you need an emergency root canal or can make a regular appointment, a root canal will save the tooth and prevent you from experiencing further health problems from an infected tooth. Call Alex Wakter, DDS today to make an appointment for your root canal in Ottawa, ON.
Root Canal Treatment Procedures at Ottawa Downtown Dental start from $440
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