Have you become a sort of a person who is jealous when a friend chews down hard on a piece of a chicken leg or a takes a big bite out of a pizza slice. How often do you wish for once that your life could just get back to normal so that you can enjoy a big sip of that awesome cold coffee, pamper your taste buds with a plate of crunchy, cheesy nachos or just dig into a basket of fried chicken? But alas, you can’t and why not? It’s because your tooth does not allow you to do so. The moment you try to indulge your senses with your favorite food, your tooth triggers an immense pain and you are enduring this pain as you are afraid to see a dentist. Now let’s try to allay some of your fears and find out as to why a simple root canal treatment can bring your life back on track.
Our tooth has a soft tissue called the pulp which is under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin. This pulp contains the blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues. When this pulp becomes infected or inflamed, endodontic treatment becomes necessary.
How does the pulp get infected?
Pulp gets infected or inflamed due to a number of reasons, which can be:-
1) Deep decay
2) Crack or chip in the tooth
3) Repeated dental procedures
4) Faulty crowns.
5) Large fillings
6) Trauma to the tooth or face
When the pulp is damaged bacteria begins to multiply within the pulp chamber. This bacteria and other decaying debris inside the pulp chamber causes abscess which manifests itself as toothache.
You may consider seeing the dentist when…
1) You start experiencing immense pain when you chew
2) Your tooth feels sensitive when it comes in contact with hot or cold substance.
3) Swelling and tenderness in the gums nearby.
4) Recurring or a persistent pimple on the gums
5) Discoloration of the tooth
It must be noted though that in some cases there might be no symptoms at all whatsoever.
What will the dentist do?
Your dentist will remove the inflamed or infected pulp and will carefully clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth. The dentist will then fill and seal the tooth with guttapercha. This a rubber like substance which gives a tight seal to the root canal treatment and also prevents bacteria from entering the root canal system.
Why root canal?
Many people out of their fear of root canal may consider extraction of the tooth as a better way out But one must always consider the benefits of having ones natural tooth still attached. Here are some benefits of saving your natural tooth
1) As soon as you finish your root canal you will start feeling the normal sensation.
2) Efficient chewing
3) It will protect your other teeth from excessive wear and strain and
4) Nothing can beat the natural appearance which is only possible with your natural teeth.
Maintain your natural smile with root canal treatment and enjoy all the great food that you might have missed due to your tooth problem before root canal. With right dental treatment and proper oral care, your root canal can last your lifetime.
So, you can stop being jealous of your foodie friend by just visiting your dentist. Your problems will be history and you can get back to your normal life in just a couple of sittings.