Has your dentist told you any time that you need a root canal treatment for your damaged teeth? If yes, then you’re not alone. There are many people who need root canal treatment to save their damaged or decayed teeth. “To understand why root canal treatment is required, it’s important to understand about the anatomy of the tooth first”, says Dr. Ranjitha Mukund, Green Meadow Dental, 3579 B Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06111.
The root pulp
Inside the tooth, there is a soft tissue called pulp, which is present under the white enamel and the hard layer (dentin). The pulp consists of blood vessels, connective tissues and nerves which help the tooth roots to grow and develop.
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure which is required when this pulp gets inflamed or infected. It is also referred to as “endodontics”. The infection in the pulp is mainly caused by bacteria living in the mouth. Other causes of infection or inflammation are improper fillings, faulty crowns or any physical damage to the teeth. If this infection or inflammation is not treated in time, it can lead to serious complications such as abscess, infection of the jaw bone and surrounding soft tissues.
Following are the conditions that indicate the need of root canal treatment for your tooth:
- Continuous tooth pain
- Discoloration due to trauma
- Persistent pain due to hot or cold temperature
- Infection at the apex of the tooth
In case you experience any of the above conditions, immediately contact your dentist. With proper care, most teeth treated with root canal treatment can last for a long time, just like your natural teeth.
Many people from Farmington come to our office because we are conveniently located next to Target. Our flexible hours and family dental practice makes it easy for busy families to schedule visits for both parents and children.
To know more about root canal treatment, contact Green Meadow Dental, 3579B Berlin Turnpike, Newington CT 06111 (860)-865-0056. We also service patients from surrounding areas including Plainville, Meriden and Portland.