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  ROOT CANAL TREATMENT - Why Would You Need Root Canal Treatment?

There are two main reasons why Root canal treatment is needed.

The first is infection. An untreated cavity is a common cause of pulp infection. The decay destroys the enamel and dentin of the tooth until it reaches the pulp. Bacteria then infect the pulp. The inflammation caused by the infection reduces the blood supply to the tooth. The reduced blood supply also keeps the pulp from healing.

The pulp that can't be fixed is the second reason for a root canal treatment. A fracture in a tooth can also damage the pulp. If there is no visible damage but can be a less severe blow to the tooth. Multiple fillings or other restorations on the same tooth also can damage the pulp.

An infection in the pulp can affect the bone around the tooth. The goal of root canal treatment is to save the tooth by removing the infected or damaged pulp, treating any infection, and filling the empty root canals with a material called gutta percha.

If a tooth is missing, neighboring teeth can drift out of line. Keeping your natural teeth also helps you to avoid other treatments, such as implants or bridges. If root canal treatment is not done, an infected tooth may have to be extracted. Also, if you ignore an infected or injured tooth the infection can spread to other parts of your body.

Once a tooth is treated, and restored with a filling or crown, it often will last the rest of your life. Having root canal treatment on a tooth does not mean that the tooth will need to be pulled out in a few years.

Symptoms of Root Canal:
If you have an infection of the pulp, you may not feel any pain at first. But if it is not treated, the infection will cause pain and swelling. In some cases, an abscess will form. You may need a root canal if:

  • Your tooth is broken
  • Tooth hurts when you bite down on it, touch it or push on it
  • Tooth is sensitive to heat
  • Teeth are discolored
  • Teeth are sensitive to cold for more than a couple of seconds
  • There is swelling near the tooth.
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