Root canal therapy is also known as endodontic therapy and is a well known solution for those who have infected teeth. It can also protect you from future infections. This dental treatment takes place in the pulp of the tooth which is called the root canal.
Hearing the words root canal therapy from your dentist may scare you at first, especially if you have never gotten the treatment done before. It can be very daunting to undergo this procedure, especially if you know very little about it and are fearful of experiencing pain. We have compiled the necessary information for you before your first time getting this procedure, or if you need to prepare yourself for it in the future.
How can you tell you need a root canal?
This endodontic treatment is administered when the soft tissue inside the root canal contracts an infection. This inflammation of the pulp can be caused by an external injury, or through repeated dental procedures, or a crack in the tooth. If the infection is neglected for too long it can cause pain and lead to an abscess.
Some signs to look for
The common symptoms observed for a root canal include severe pain when you chew or bite into food. You can check your gums to spot any pimples that might be growing there. The gums tend to get darker or decay excessively. They may also be more tender than usual or they may swell abnormally. You can also experience an increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods.
Can root canal therapy save the tooth?
After removal of the infected pulp, the dentist thoroughly cleans and shapes the inside of the root canal. After this, the space is filled and sealed. Your dentist can also place a crown or other restoration implants on the tooth to protect it and to allow it to function like other normal teeth.
What should you expect during and after a root canal?
The procedure begins with an X-ray to see the shape of the root canal and to check how far the infection has spread to the other teeth. After local anesthesia is given to the patient to numb the area and relax them, a dam is placed inside the mouth to collect saliva. A hole is drilled inside the tooth to extract the debris. This is followed by a thorough cleaning and filing.
Some common root canal after care tips include avoiding hard foods, regular brushing of teeth, and being cautious with the affected area.