There is a soft area inside a tooth, known as the pulp, containing nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. The pulp normally provides the tooth with nutrients as long as it is not infected. If the pulp is dead, then it is removed through root canal. Otherwise, the infection from a dead pulp can cause pain and teeth loss. Root canal eliminates disease, prevents further infection and can save teeth from decay. Also called endodontic therapy, root canal is quite a universal procedure and the experience is like having a tooth filled. During a root canal, the dentist first gets rid of the dead pulp and then cleans the area. This generally takes a lot of time as the dentist cleans out every bit of the pulp to ensure that no traces of bacteria or infection remain. The space made by the dead pulp is filled with a biocompatible material and packed with a temporary filling. Few weeks after the procedure, the dentist removes the filling, checks for any bacteria, and puts a permanent crown.
There are several signs indicating that you may need a root canal. When the pulp is dead you will suffer pain, notice discoloration or pus and experience foul taste in your mouth even after brushing. Sometimes there are no clear symptoms, but the dentist may determine the infection during a routine visit. If you believe you need a root canal, then call us immediately. The earlier we detect the problem, the more chances of you saving the tooth, and the treatment will be less complicated. The root canal is not painful and our patients have gone through such treatment without experiencing any pain. We, at Jaya Dental Clinic, aim to become the leading endodontic center and are proud to have experienced endodontists in our team.