The root canal treatment is needed when the inside of the tooth or the tooth pulp becomes infected and inflamed. If the tooth pulp is damaged, it cannot repair itself, and the tissue dies. If you have a deep cavity, broken tooth, or loose filling in your tooth, bacteria can quickly enter the pulp and kill it. If bacteria penetrate the tooth pulp through the roots, they may cause infection in the jawbone. Infection can weaken and break the bone. This will cause the gums around your teeth to swell, and even it may lead to a tooth loss. Endodontists in Toronto say that root canal treatment at the early stage of the tooth infection can prevent tooth loss.
If you ignore the dental infection and do not treat it, it will spread, and eventually, the tooth will loosen, and you will have to pull it out. Some people choose the most convenient option in such cases, which is to pull a tooth. But tooth extraction can be the beginning of adjacent teeth movement and tilting them. This can make your teeth look unattractive and negatively affects the way of chewing. When you cannot correctly chew what you eat, the digestive system must work much harder, and you will face stomachache problems.
In cases the tooth is severely damaged and is not possible to repair it, tooth extraction is the only option. For example, in severe caries, trauma, bone loss due to periodontal disease or gum disease, it is impossible to preserve the damaged tooth, and tooth extraction is your only solution.
Except for the cases mentioned above, you can maintain your tooth’s structure by removing the damaged tooth pulp and saving it. The most common cause of caries or infection of the dental pulp is usually untreated cavities, fractures, tooth cracks, trauma to the teeth, or various dental treatments. The most common symptoms of a damaged pulp are pain and swelling. Your teeth may also become sensitive to high and low temperatures and to feel mild discomfort when chewing food.
In case you have any of these problems, make sure to see your dentist as soon as possible:
_Prolonged and severe toothache
_Prolonged sensitivity of teeth to heat and cold
_Swelling and looseness of the gums around the damaged tooth
_Swelling in the gums
You need to maintain your natural teeth as much as possible because no tooth can function like a natural tooth. The root canal treatment usually saves and protects your tooth from further damage. If you cannot maintain your natural teeth, the next best option is a dental implant.
Is the root canal treatment painful?
Most people are afraid of the endodontic treatment because they think it is excruciating, but it will be almost painless if done by a professional dentist.
Usually, the pain that a person feels during root canal treatment is related to a tooth infection. You should know after the treatment process, you may have some pain, but it is regular and temporary.
The failure of root canal treatment
Fortunately, the majority of endodontic treatments are successful. Although the reported rate of unsuccessful root canal treatment is very low, it is still possible, and a patient may experience more pain than others. Poor oral hygiene, the presence of extra canals in the teeth that the dentist did not notice, cracks in the tooth, etc. can be the main reasons for the failure of root canal treatment.