Sometimes, life can seem to be very unfair. You may think that you are particularly careful when you clean your teeth each day and make sure that you floss carefully. You may try to avoid sugary foods or drinks as you know that they can cause damage to your dentition. However, here you are dealing with a significant pain, know that it's not going to go away by itself and are particularly worried that you might have to have root canals. If you've never been through this procedure before, you can be forgiven for your uncertainty, but what is actually involved?
Overcoming Your Problem
Many people may conjure up pictures of pain and suffering in their mind whenever they think about a root canal. They may know that it is a necessary procedure in some situations but may think that it is a long and painful process that may be worse than the discomfort you're already feeling.
However, this is simply fear of the unknown and should not stop you from scheduling a visit to your dentist as soon as possible.
When you are there, they will have a look at the cause of your pain and often, it is the result of some tooth decay. Sometimes, this may happen even if you are good about your dental etiquette, but if it has progressed to a certain stage, then it may be necessary for the dentist to perform a root canal to clean up the infection and put everything back to normal.
The issue is caused when the pulp that sits inside each tooth becomes infected by bacteria. The bacteria may enter through a tiny cavity caused through wear and tear, decay or an injury.
Once the dentist has given you a local anaesthetic, they will use a miniature drill to get inside and clear out the damaged pulp. To help do this, they will use some other small instruments to clean and shape the inside chamber, while irrigating the area with water to wash the remainder away.
Once this is done, a special solution may be added to kill any trace of remaining bacteria and avoid future infection. Then, the area will be refilled using a material that has a rubberlike consistency, before the dentist adds a temporary filling on top.
You will probably need to have a permanent crown fitted to restore full functionality to this tooth and will normally have to return a little later, once the initial work has had a chance to settle.
Making That Call
As you can see, this is more straightforward than you might have thought and there is no reason for you to worry. Consequently, you should call the dentist as soon as possible to put you out of your misery.
There are more than two ways to straighten a smile, and in this blog, I plan to discuss them all. I plan to look at the differences between braces and retainers and explain why sometimes you may need them both. I look at the differences in cost, time commitment and efficacy. Personally, I have had a bit of experience with this subject – I had braces as a young teen, and I had a permanent retainer. In this blog, I discuss what I have learned, and I present all kinds of new information on the topic. Whether you are trying to make decisions for yourself or your child. I hope you find this information useful.