11 May

The basics of a root canal in London

Does getting a root canal sound really painful to you? Do you think you really need it? Why do you need it? Let’s take a look at a few commonly asked questions on root canals. What is a root canal and do I really need one?
Each tooth contains a sensitive living center called as a nerve. When your decay has finished burrowing through the entire tooth it then reaches the sensitive central living tissue and then starts irritating it. Ultimately due to the constant irritants the nerve just dies and rots away. The dead nerve and pus accumulate inside the tooth and generally cause flare ups every month with severe swelling and pain. In a root canal procedure the dentist will excavate the entire dead nerve, pus and leaves behind a hollow sterile pipe of the tooth. He then strengthens this hollow dead structure with a central filling of a really hard material and covers it with a cap to protect it.
What are the signs of needing endodontic treatment or a root canal?
When the decay reaches the central nerve of the tooth, you will experience severe pain swellings, sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of the tooth, etc
Does a root canal save a tooth?
Definitely, a retained tooth is much better than losing your natural tooth. After the root canal procedure the tooth does become really brittle so you have to be slightly careful on eating hard and sticky food. Otherwise a well-done root canal lasts for a really long, long, time.