If your tooth has become diseased or injured, your dentist may recommend a few treatment options to you. In the past, these available options were limited. However, with advances in the field of dentistry, your dentist can help you save your teeth.
One such option that your dentist can recommend is endodontic treatment, also known as root canal treatment.
Endodontic treatment is a procedure that is used to treat the infection of the root canal system which is found in the center of a tooth. Infections are caused by bacteria that reside in the mouth and, when left unchecked, can invade your teeth. Infections typically occur when a patient has tooth decay, leaky fillings, or when a tooth has been damaged due to trauma.
Structure of a Tooth
Contrary to what some people believe, the tooth is actually made up of two basic parts: the crown, which you can readily see in your mouth, and the root, which anchors the tooth in position and extends into the jaw. Your teeth are also comprised of the enamel, dentine, cementum and the dental pulp, which is the soft tissue inside the tooth.
The dental pulp is contained within the root canal system which extends from the crown to the root. The dental pulp is comprised of nerves and blood vessels. Now, when the pulp is infected by bacteria and multiplies and spreads, the pulp may die. Eventually, the bacteria and the substances these release will leak out to the end of the root canal through an opening where nerves and vessels enter.
When this happens, the tissues around the teeth become red and swollen. In turn, this can lead to pain and dental abscess.
The infection is treated by removing the bacteria either through extraction or through endodontic treatment where the dentist attempts to save the tooth.
After the bacteria has been eliminated, the dentist will use either a filling or crown to fill and seal the root canal. Afterwards, the inflamed tissue will heal naturally.
Why should you opt for root canal treatment?
The treatment offers a few advantages, chief of which is that you get to save your natural tooth. This means that you can chew your food efficiently and have a tooth that looks natural and has a normal biting force, and you’ll protect your other teeth from excessive wear and strain.
And contrary to the unfounded belief that root canal treatment is a tedious and difficult treatment, it is not. A lot of patients who have undergone the treatment compare it to getting their teeth filled. The treatment can be finished in one to two appointments, depending on a few factors including the severity of the problem and your personal circumstance.
The best way to determine if you endodontic treatment is to schedule a dental check-up with your local Burtonsville dentist. The dental professionals will be able to help you work through any questions or anxiety you might have.