When Is Root Canal Treatment Needed?
The crown of the tooth is made up of the hard, white, enamel layer and a thicker dentine layer. These hard layers protect the soft tissues of the tooth which is called the pulp.
In the event of infection or inflammation to this pulp you may need Root Canal Treatment. This treatment removes the pulp tissues from the tooth.
The infection or inflammation can be caused by deep decay, a previous deep restoration, a cracked or fractured tooth due to trauma, excessive wear of enamel and dentine exposing the pulp. This can also be caused as a result of severe gum disease.
Signs of pulp damage may include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discolouration of the tooth, swelling, tenderness of the overlying gums or a bad taste in the mouth. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can eventually cause pain, swelling and loss of the supporting bone.
What are the advantages of Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment saves teeth that would otherwise have been extracted.
A root canal treated tooth can function normally and can be maintained with routine dental care and oral hygiene measures.