RootCanalA root canal is an action necessary to repair and salvage a tooth that is seriously damaged or develops an infection. The root canal technique goes deep to the nerve and pulp of the tooth. They are removed and the interior of the tooth is cleaned and sealed with a special product. If the infected tooth is not treated, the tissue around it will become disease-ridden and an abscess can occur. The term “root canal” is used to define the natural cavity that occurs within the center of the tooth. The pulp, or its chamber, is the soft area inside the root’s canal. The root canal is the area where the nerves are located.


Sometimes there are no symptoms present; on the other hand, signs showing root canal is necessary may include:

  • Intense toothache pain when eating or applying any pressure to the area
  • Unrelenting sensitivity/pain to warmth or cool temperatures (usually occurs after the warm or cold has been removed)
  • Staining (a blackening) of the tooth
  • Puffiness and sensitivity in the neighboring gums
  • A incessant or frequent trivial inflammation on the gums

As some of the explanations why the nerve of a tooth and its pulp develop inflammation is due to deep deterioration, frequent dental processes on a tooth and/or fillings, as well as excellent oral hygiene methods (cleaning the teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and arranging routine dental visits) may diminish the necessity for a root canal processes. Wearing a mouth guard can help cut down on injuries from sports related accidents.

ToothAnatomy_02What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an irritation of the gums. During the initial stage of disease, it is simple to treat and restore healthy health to the area. The cause of gingivitis is typically plaque. Plaque is a soft and sticky film of germs that formulates continually on the gums. It may also form on the teeth.

Plague can be removed by regular brushing and flossing. However, if it is not removed by good hygiene practices, it produces poisons that can aggravate the gums. This is what causes gingivitis. The damage can be reversed if it is caught early enough. This is usually when the bones and connective tissues are not involved. The connective tissues hold the teeth in place. If it is not treated, gingivitis can become periodontitis and cause unfixable impairment to the teeth and jaw areas.

It’s pretty easy to tell if a person has gingivitis. Usually, its hallmark symptoms are red and swollen gums and they often bleed when being brushed. If the gums have pulled away from the teeth, this is another sign that the gums are not healthy. The teeth will take on an elongated appearance. This disease causes little pockets to occur between the teeth and the gum line. Inside these pockets food particles and other debris lodge. If a person has constant bad breath and a foul taste in their mouth, it can be from gingivitis.