saving your teeth
A common fix for tooth ache when a filling is not enough to suffice is Root Canal treatment. This is normally needed when the nerve dies inside a tooth. Root Canal treatment gives you the option to save your tooth as opposed to extracting it. The treatment normally consists of two or three appointments but the pain is alleviated from the first visit. The nerve is removed the canal filled and tooth restored.
Teeth are held in the jaw by their roots. Inside each tooth is the "pulp" or "nerve" which supplies nourishment and sensation to the tooth. Root canals are very small, thin canals that branch off from the pulp chamber down to the tip of the root. A tooth has at least one but no more than four root canals.
When the pulp or root canal is diseased or injured, it "dies". If you dont remove the dead tissues your tooth gets infected and you could lose it.
Root Canal or Endodontic Treatment is the removal and cleaning out of any infection in the pulp and root canals. The goal of root canal treatment is to preserve the tooth.
What will happen if you leave the tooth untreated?
The tooth will not heal by itself
Pain will worsen
The infection will cause swelling that may spread to other areas of the face, neck or head
Bone around the tooth will begin to degenerate
Swelling with pus will form in the area around the tooth root, called an abscess
The tooth may fall out
Possibility of losing the tooth