Here are some of the most common reasons why dentists recommend root treatment;
A. The nerve tissue is affected by cavity
Cavity in a tooth can become so extensive that it affects the pulp (often called the nerve) in the middle of the tooth. This is often very painful and a root treatment is necessary. A normal filling is not a good solution in this case, as large fillings can irritate the nerve and kill the nerve in worst case.
B. A filling has irritated the nerve
A large filling can trigger off the need for a root treatment. The filling can irritate the nerve and kill it eventually. In order to prevent inflammation, the dead tissue has to be removed. If it is not removed, inflammation can spread to the bone tissue and degenerate into an abscess, which can only be removed by surgery. The dentist will often prescribe penicillin to the patient as a supplementary treatment.
C. The tooth is damaged and the nerve is exposed
When damaging a tooth, the nerve may be exposed and cause inflammation if not treated. A displacing stroke can also destroy the tooth’s nerve leading to inflammation if the dead nerve tissue is not removed.
Advantages by having a root canal treatment
The advantages by having a root treatment are that;
- a root treatment prevents or eliminates the pain caused by inflamed tissue, and
- a root treatment makes it possible to keep the natural tooth