Root canal therapy is a useful dental treatment option that allows damaged or even infected tooth pulp to be replaced with filling. You may have also seen it referred to by “endodontic treatment”. Despite what some would have you believe, the procedure is completely safe. It even offers a host of added benefits over mere restoration alone.
The Leading Advantages Of Root Canal Therapy
If you can save your teeth instead of having them replaced, you’ll be well ahead of the curve. First of all, your mouth and smile will appear far more natural. Your ability to chew will also be more efficient. Both of this attributes will give you a nice self-esteem boost by extension!
Saving your damaged teeth will also help protect those that surround them. When the pulp of one tooth wears down, the teeth around it must work even harder. As such, even more wear and tear tends to follow. You will also be able to protect the natural sensations experienced by your mouth and teeth with root canal therapy. This will also help keep you from having to adjust how much force you use when chewing and biting food. Other treatment options lead to a potential disconnect in that regard. Finally, you’ll likely also find that you’ll need less dental work after the fact in comparison to treatments that give you artificial replacements.
That said, root canal treatments are only at their most successful if you can identify the pulp damage at an early stage. As you might expect, the procedure is more complicated later down the line. Other alternatives might be necessary at that point.
How To Detect Tooth Pulp Damage
There a lot of telltale signs when it comes to tooth pulp damage. According to Better Health Channel, the primary signs are as follows:
- Sudden spikes of dental pain or discomfort.
If you’re experiencing otherwise unexplained pain within your teeth, the pulp may well be damaged. The exact cause is likely inflammation. There are a number of contributing factors, such as bacteria buildup, habitual grinding, cracks or chips in the teeth, decay, an over-complicated dental history, faulty crowns, or a condition known as Periodontitis. When inflamed, the pulp cavity accumulates enough pressure to affect the nerve. Dentin — one of the pulp’s surrounding tissues — keeps the pressure from dissipating properly.
These issues also generate an increase in blood flow that acts as another major contributor to pain. It’s usually difficult to determine where the pain is even coming from. You’ll likely notice habitual discomfort while eating or even drinking hot or cold beverages as well.
- A swollen face.
- Teeth that feel loose.
- A pus-like substance forming around the damaged tooth.
- Swollen gums
- Discolored teeth.
Discolored teeth are one of the most ignored signs since it can easily be assumed the stains are due to beverages or vices like cigarettes. It’s important to realize that teeth only show corresponding discoloration after a long period of time however. As such, it’s never a good idea to wait until the teeth seem to visibly change before you see a dentist. Regular visits are an absolute must, especially since major problems like tooth pulp damage can be spotted at an early enough stage to mitigate them with root canal therapy.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above it would be a good idea to call CitiDental to schedule an immediate appointment as delaying treatment could make tooth loss more likely.