Do you experience painful toothache that just won’t go away or you feel some tenderness and pressure around a tooth? In that case you may have a severe infection that requires a root canal treatment. And if you do need such a therapy, you should know you are not the only one. In fact, millions of teeth are treated and saved each year with root canal, or endodontic treatment.
And yet, millions of teeth are left untreated, as many people are afraid to get a root canal therapy and may even delay treatment for years just to avoid going through with the procedure. According to recent study by the American Dental Association, an estimated 50% of Americans do not visit a dentist on a regular basis and approximately 15% of these patients avoid dental care altogether because of fear and anxiety about going to the dentist.
However, you should never delay undergoing a root canal therapy, as it will prevent a serious infection from spreading and can ward off damage to nearby teeth.
What is a root canal treatment?
To understand a root canal treatment, it helps to know about the anatomy of the tooth. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, and helps to grow the root of your tooth during development. In a fully developed tooth, the tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.
Root canal, also known as endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. A root canal treatment helps prevent the infection from spreading and reduces the risk of tooth loss.
Signs, you might need a root canal treatment
If you observe any of the following warning signs, you should contact your Burien dentist as you might need a root canal treatment:
• Toothache that won’t go away
• Pain that comes and goes in waves
• Swelling around the tooth
• Inflammation and tenderness
• Extreme tooth sensitivity
• Pain when chewing or biting down
Benefits of root canal treatment
The main benefit of root canal treatment is that you can save your natural tooth and:
Normal biting force and sensation
Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain
Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last as long as other natural teeth and often for a lifetime.
Many patients resist getting a root canal, because they think it will be extremely painful. If you are a resident of Burien, WA, you are lucky that you can use the services of Dr. Lee from Burien Family Dental Care, who can offer you sedation dentistry to reduce your discomfort and ensure you have a stress free experience. Dr. Lee makes use of the latest tools and technologies to ensure the root canal is performed with a high degree of accuracy and causes little to no patient discomfort.
Celebrities root canal dramas
Some time ago, singer LeAnn Rimes was forced to cancel a string of performances as a more pressing engagement came up: a late-night meeting with her endodontist. It turned out that the pop star needed some emergency dental work performed while she was on tour.
The trouble began before she was scheduled to play a show in Ohio. “Waiting on the endodontist
If there is something to be learned from this story, it is: If you have tooth pain, don’t wait to see your dentist, but call him/her immediately! A constant pain and pressure in your mouth is an indication that you may need a root canal.