ROOT CANAL THERAPY
The tooth pulp can become damaged or affected due to many reasons. Reasons such as decay, trauma, large ﬁlling, extensive gum disease and even drilling or grinding a tooth may result in the tooth pulp to be affected.
When this occurs the tooth will need root canal therapy to prevent the spread of its aftermath to the surrounding structures.
Symptoms that may require root canal therapy:
Pain with sensitivity from cold and hot drinks lasting for a few minutes
Throbbing pain that will affect your life style
Tooth tenderness while biting
Discoloration with an individual tooth
There are cases were the patient feels no pain, this is when the pulp is necrotic or dead and could have a relief valve for drainage, also known as ﬁstula.
It is not uncommon for patients to suffer pain after root canal therapy that should not last more than 3-4 days, but it is controlled with painkillers and not antibiotics.