2 July 2020
Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is required when the nerve located inside your tooth is dead or dying. This can cause severe discomfort, meaning root canal treatment can provide some much needed relief. In some causes, a dead tooth may have no symptoms at all and can only be picked up via x-ray. If it is left untreated, there may be a strong possibility that the tooth may come loose or turn black. By opting for a root canal we can clean the inflamed area and by opening up a crown can then be placed on top for it's protection. Back molars are most likely to crack and so we always recommend a crown in these cases.
Cases Where a Root Canal Is Needed
There can be a wide range of reasons where a root canal may be required; a crack in a tooth, severe decay or general wear and tear from grinding. The best way to reduce the need for this treatment is to maintain a high standard of oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly.
Symptoms of Discomfort
A leading sign of needing a root canal is discomfort - such as over-sensitivity to hot or cold drinks/food. Other symptoms include severe discomfort when chewing, swelling, tenderness or discolourisation.
If experiencing any of these symptoms, you should arrange an appointment with your dentist. Sometimes a tooth that needs root canal treatment may not have any symptoms at all.