There are many jokes about root canal treatment, but the truth is that if you need a root canal, they bring great relief from sometimes intense pain very quickly.
Here’s why. Your tooth contains a pulp, which is a small tissue made up of nerves and blood vessels. When this pulp becomes infected, damaged or dies, it needs to be removed.
So, how does one’s tooth pulp get damaged? It can be for various different reasons such as a cracked tooth, deep cavity or an injury because of an accident.
And if damaged pulp is not removed from the tooth, it can cause pus buildup at the tooth root’s tip by the jawbone and form an “abscess”. An abscess can cause severe pain, swelling and other oral health problems.
What Is A Root Canal?
Gone are the days when a tooth is extracted because of an infected, damaged or dead pulp. Extraction is now a last resort. A root canal treatment allows dental experts to save the tooth and prevent the need to pull it out by removing the pulp.
After the damaged pulp is removed, your dentist may recommend a dental crown to support the tooth. A root canal treatment usually takes one treatment, but this depends per person and may take several visits.
How do you know if you need a root canal treatment? Infected, damaged or dead pulp can be caught through a dental x-ray or other changes to your tooth. So, it’s important to have regular dental check-ups and exams.
Overdue for a dental check-up? Schedule an appointment at our Transcona dental clinic today. Kildonan Crossing Dental Centre is a team of root canal experts in Winnipeg who will ensure you reach your optimum oral health and guide you in your lifelong dental journey.