Why do I need a root canal?
Generally people need a root canal treatment when the nerve of a tooth becomes infected with bacteria and the pulp of the tooth gets damaged. A pus pocket usually forms around the end of the root. This pus accumulates in an area of the dead and infected nerve tissue sometimes resulting in discomfort and severe pain. Therefore, a small procedure is performed whereby the infected nerve along with the damaged pulp of the tooth is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and then sealed.
What is the difference between a root canal treatment and an endodontic therapy?
There is no difference. An endodontic therapy is also known as a root canal therapy, which is a treatment of the tooth aimed at cleaning out infection and bacteria as well as preventing the tooth from catching any subsequent infections.
Is a root canal treatment painful?
In the past, patients who got a root canal treatment complained about the treatment being very painful. However with modern technology, techniques and aesthetics, a vast majority of the patients report that there is hardly any pain during the treatment and that they were very comfortable throughout the procedure. A root canal treatment is however conducted under local anesthesia and for the first few days after the treatment, you may feel sensitivity or even some pain after the procedure. In case of pain, your dentist will prescribe some over the counter pain killers to reduce the pain. In some cases, your dentist may even prescribe you other medication.
What are the benefits of having a root canal treatment?
Root canal treatments are vital to save your tooth if it has been severely infected with bacteria, which in some cases might cause discomfort, inflammation and severe pain. If this infection is left untreated, the infection will continue to spread leading to an abscess. Once a severe abscess is formed, you only have two choices left, a root canal or extraction of the tooth. If you opt for a root canal you have the benefit of saving your tooth because a missing tooth leads to many other problems, such as needing a tooth implantation. However, if the infection has spread all over your tooth, your dentist will straight ahead go for an extraction.