All toothaches are not equal, your general perception may be pain but the treatment for each type of pain is dependent on the cause. The general response to pain is to want to get rid of the offending tooth but there are alternatives to this. One of these alternatives is a root canal treatment.
WHAT IS ROOT CANAL THERAPY?
Root canal therapy is the treatment of the infected pulp of a tooth which involves removal of the nerves in the canal, disinfecting and filling with an inert material.
WHEN IS A ROOT CANAL THERAPY DONE?
A root canal therapy is done on a tooth with an infected pulp with the aim of eliminating pain, restoring the tooth to its normal form and function. It is a preferred alternative to removal of the tooth.
To ensure you have the best experience, your tooth will be numbed before a root canal treatment is commenced. Next, a clear operating field will be created to enable good visualization of the infected pulp.
The infected pulp will be removed; the canals will be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly to ensure that no recurrent infection occurs.
A series of small instruments will be used to achieve these objectives; all through this you will not feel any pain.
The inside of your tooth will be prepared adequately to receive the filling material.
Sometimes a second visit may be necessary to complete your treatment but with recent technological advances, it is possible to complete your treatment in a single visit.
CAN I EAT WITH THE TOOTH AFTERWARDS?
A root canal treatment restores your tooth back to function but it is necessary to protect the tooth with a crown.
After your root canal, the tooth won’t be as strong as a healthy tooth; hence an additional restoration will help in handling the chewing forces on the tooth.
So, before you remove a tooth, always consider the option of a root canal therapy.