Knowing the anatomy of a tooth helps you understand what a root canal entails. The enamel, a tooth’s outer covering, protects the whole surface that is visible. The dentin is a second hard layer that lies underneath the enamel.
The pulp resides within the dentin. The tooth’s inside, or pulp, contains the tooth’s blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. The pulp extends from the tip of the roots down to the crown of the tooth, which is the area above the gumline.
The pulp can become infected or swollen for a variety of reasons, including trauma, severe cracks, big fillings, or decay. Cleaning out the pulp chamber and the roots through a root canal will be necessary to save it.
A root canal is required when a tooth’s pulp becomes infected or irritated. Being extremely sensitive to heat and cold, biting, and even a blast of icy winter Montreal air are some symptoms.
Possible gum swelling. The tooth might develop a discoloration. Pain may be quite severe. This is probably where the myths around a root canal first started.
Not the root canal discomfort, exactly. The illness is what’s hurting you. Sometimes the patient won’t even be aware there is an issue; nonetheless, an x-ray will reveal it. There is another another crucial justification for scheduling a dental hygiene appointment.
Things can become excruciatingly painful when the infection spreads to the tooth pulp. You could experience the following signs of an infected tooth that requires a root canal:
While a patient may not exhibit the aforementioned symptoms, we may often detect an infection on a dental x-ray during routine cleanings and examinations with your hygienist.
The region that was treated on could feel a little uncomfortable, but it will pass within a day or two and is entirely bearable. It sometimes happens that the tooth can remain a bit sensitive for a couple of weeks.
Because teeth requiring a root canal are usually fragile, it is recommended you do not eat on the tooth until it is reinforced with a crown or onlay (partial crown)
At Centre Dentaire Blanc we use the latest technology to make root canals more successful, predictable and comfortable. Technologies that could be used during your treatment are 3D CBCT xrays, endodontic microscopes & 3d printed endodontic guides.
We also have experience with root canal retreatments and apectomies which are used to correct defective root canal treatments.