Why Root Canals?
Root canals were invented as a method to save a tooth that in the past had to be removed due to serious decay, was cracked from biting too hard or possibly even injured to a sports injury. It is called endodontic treatment. There is a material inside the tooth called living pulp. The living pulp can become inflamed due to trauma or infection. At Whittier Square Dentistry in Whittier Ca., during the root canal treatment we will remove of the infected or dead pulp along with the nerve ending inside the tooth’s root canal chamber. The root chamber is thoroughly cleaned and sealed for the crown to be installed. In the past the tooth would have had to be removed.
How Do I Know I May Need A Root Canal?
This inflamed pulp inside the pulp can cause intense pain especially when you are eating or drinking hot or cold foods and liquids and they come in contact with the tooth. The pain can sometimes be intense due to the pulp being inflamed or maybe even infected.
When you feel this specific sensitivity on a particular tooth due to hot or cold liquids then you should see your dentist as soon as you can to be evaluated. In the past the tooth would have had to be removed but with endodontic treatment is may be able to be saved.
These are the signs you need a root canal
- Your tooth is tender to the touch
- An abscessed tooth (pus inside the jawbone tissue)
- Draining pus inside your mouth
- Tenderness and swelling of the lymph nodes below your jaw
- Occasionally a tooth problem will have no warning signs. A routine dental checkup or xray will reveal certain tooth damage.
So Why Do Most Root Canals Need Dental Crowns?
After the root canal is complete the tooth structure will be weakened and be much more fragile since the pulp that had nourished the tooth has been removed plus a major portion of your tooth enamel has been removed. It will not get the nourishment is was getting before when you had healthy pulp making it more brittle.
Sometimes the front teeth do not need to get dental crowns but the back teeth with the biting surfaces need crowns. After the tooth is restored a dental crown is usually placed on top of the tooth to restore is normal function of chewing. The dental crown will stabilize and strengthen the tooth. With proper care this tooth may last a lifetime.
This endodontic procedures takes two visits in most cases to do the root canal then to install the crown. Once this is complete your tooth should look and feel like a normal tooth. Keep up your normal oral hygiene home practices and your tooth should last many years.