At Duncraig Dental Care Perth want to break the negative stigma associated with endodontic treatments…
A root canal or endodontic treatment is often misunderstood and therefore leaves patients feeling uncertain about receiving such a solution for their decaying tooth. Endodontic treatment is often associated with the misapprehensions of pain and dread, causing many patients to forgo the treatment altogether, which can be the worst thing they could possibly do for their oral health. Patients who need endodontic treatment are probably experiencing pain because their tooth (or teeth) is suffering from a severe internal infection called pulpitis and is at threat of losing their tooth. At Duncraig Dental Care we want to remove the stigma attached to endodontic treatment as being a ‘painful’ and ‘unnecessary’ experience because an endodontic treatment can mean the difference between losing and keeping your damaged tooth.
What is pulpitis?
Pulpitis is an internal tooth infection that has caused the pulp (innermost layer of tooth) to become infected, swollen and irritated. This is usually the reason why patients who need endodontic treatment are experiencing pain, because the swollen pulp means that excess pressure is being placed on the tooth. The tooth comes in three layers:
- Tooth enamel: is made of some of the hardest calcium substances in the body and serves to protect the dentine and pulp layers of the tooth, crush food into a paste.
- Dentine: the middle layer of the tooth which is softer than the tooth enamel and protects the pulp layer underneath and because of this the dentine is much more sensitive than the tooth enamel.
- Tooth pulp: inner most layer of the tooth that contains all the nerve endings, blood cells and gives the tooth sensations and keeps it healthy.
Due to the dense layering of the tooth pulpitis can only occur through gradual tooth decay, gum disease or trauma to the tooth, this is because tooth enamel is an extremely strong substance. Once the pulp becomes infected the tooth is at risk of extensive damage because the pulp is what gives the tooth continued life. The remaining teeth in your mouth are also at risk because the infection can spread through the blood stream from your infected tooth to the adjacent teeth.
Endodontic treatment can remove the infected pulp, potentially save your infected tooth (removing the need for extraction) and preventing damage to your other teeth…
At Duncraig Dental Care in Perth preventive care and your health is our priority and if we can avoid extracting teeth we will because as adults we are unable to grow more adult teeth once they are extracted (or fall out). That is why we always recommend the endodontic treatments to patients if they are experiencing pulpitis, because it can be the best thing you can do for your tooth and your oral health. Once the infected pulp is removed your now ‘empty’ tooth is sterilised and filled with a tooth filling and, if necessary, a dental crown will be placed over your tooth to restore its original function.