Root canals are one of the most common procedures performed in dentist offices, however they are one of the most preventable dental conditions with regular checkups. Still there are many reasons that a person might need this procedure. The following are some of the most common causes of a root canal. If you have experienced, or are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may need to contact a dental professional.
We inherit our teeth from our parents. Some people have soft teeth that decay easier than hard teeth, and require more maintenance than the average person. If soft teeth are ignored, then decay can happen rapidly and lead to the need for a root canal.
Decay is the main instigator of root canals. If the decay finds its way into the pulp chamber, it may cause sensitivity while drinking hot or cold beverages. If the decay has progressed too far, it can cause an infection or abscesses. If abscesses become too large, the only way to fix it will be to extract the tooth or to have this procedure.
Tooth fractures may also lead to this procedure. Fractures can happen because of excessive grinding or clenching of the teeth. Or from chewing ice or hard foods. Sometimes teeth can develop hairline type fractures that let bacteria into the tooth’s pulp chamber which leads to infections. A root canal can be performed and a post is stationed at the canal of the tooth to maintain its integrity.
This procedure may be necessary if a tooth is hit with great force. Car accidents, injuries that occur during sporting events, slips or falls can all cause trauma to the tooth. When significant trauma occurs, the nerve can be severed and may eventually die. This may happen immediately or over time.
Extensive Dental Work
Sometimes having extensive or repetitive dental work completed can lead to the need for this procedure. When deep fillings are done and the old fillings are replaced with new composite fillings, this can be traumatic to some nerves in the teeth and cause inflammation.
Deep cavities allow infected bacteria to thrive within the pulp chambers of the tooth. If this happens the tooth can become inflamed or can die. It is possible that a tooth can have a cavity and not be in pain, but can still be infected. If individuals do not have regular dental checkups, then small cavities can become deep over time and require extensive dental work.
A toothache is perhaps the most obvious symptom of a root canal. If the tooth is still alive, it will be sensitive to cold or hot foods and beverages. The tooth will hurt at random, even without the presence of a stimulus like food or drink. The pain can get so severe that it may cause perpetual headaches and earaches. If the tooth is dead and contains an abscess, it can lead to severe swelling of the jaw, cheek, or throat. If these symptoms occur, an emergency root canal will be necessary.
Genetics, decay, tooth fractures, trauma, too much dental work, deep cavities, and pain are circumstances that can lead to the need for a root canal. Contact a dental office for routine check-ups to prevent the need for a root canal.
Source by Kathryn McDowell