Root canal therapy is mandatory when the nerve of a tooth is afflicted by decay or infection. In order to safeguard the tooth, the pulp, nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed, and the hole is filled with unique, medicated dental materials, which reinstate the tooth to its full original function. Getting a root canal done on a tooth is the best option to save a tooth that would otherwise die and needs to be extracted. Most patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that pulling out a tooth will be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth. Root canal treatment is highly effective and usually lasts a lifetime.
What are the symptoms that would require root canal therapy?
- The existence of an abscess or pimple on the gums.
- A person experiences sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
- If you suffer from severe toothache pain.
- There is swelling or tenderness in the gums.
- If you suffered an injury or trauma to the tooth.
- The inside of the tooth or root tip has developed an infection or abscess.
- When the tooth’s decay has extended to the tooth pulp.
What is the procedure for Root Canals?
A root canal procedure necessitates more than one appointment and can be performed by a dentist. After the tooth is numbed, a sheet of rubber dam is placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. An access opening is made on the surface of the tooth, and a succession of root canal files are placed into space, one at a time, to help remove the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. If tooth decay is present, it is removed with the help of special dental instruments.
Once the tooth is meticulously cleaned, it will be sealed with either a permanent filling or, if additional appointments are required, a provisional filling will be placed.
During the next appointment, usually after a gap of a few days, special dental materials will be used to fill and seal the roots and their inside cavity. A filling will be used to cover the opening on top of the tooth. Besides, all teeth with root canal treatment should have a dental restoration such as a crown. This will ensure protection for the tooth and prevent it from breaking, and thus, the full function of the tooth is re-established.
After the root canal treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will recede as the inflammation reduces and the tooth has been rehabilitated. Instructions will be given to care for the new restoration. Inculcating good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will help in the life of your root canal treatment.
Call us at Smile Fresh Dental or schedule an online appointment to know more about Root Canal Therapy.