A root canal is necessary when the pulp of the tooth becomes infected which can be caused by deep decay, several dental procedures on the tooth, or a deep crack or chip in the tooth. If this infection is left untreated, it can cause soreness or lead to an abscessed tooth.
Symptoms of this infection include pain, sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, discoloration of the tooth, or swelling and tenderness to the lymph nodes. The root canal procedure involves removing the infected pulp, cleaning the root canals, then filling the tooth.
Modern root canal treatment is similar to having a routine filling done. It can usually be completed in one or two appointments. You can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment.
What are the most common reasons for Root Canals?
Any trauma or infection of the nerve or pulp of the tooth will result in the need for root canal therapy, such as:
- Tooth decay invades the tooth, penetrating through the enamel to the pulp
- A tooth has become abscessed — also known as infected — from decay.
- Trauma, such as a chipped or broken tooth, occurs and results in the exposure of the nerve.
- A tooth is slowly dying, due to aging or past trauma that did not result in the need for treatment at the time of injury.
Is root canal treatment painful?
With modern techniques and anesthetics, the majority of patients reports that they are comfortable during the procedure.
How does root canal treatment save the tooth?
During root canal treatment, the infected or inflamed pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected and filled and sealed with a rubber like material called gutta percha.
Do i get my root canalled tooth capped?
We recommend that you get your tooth capped after root canal treatment. this has many advantages -
- Efficient chewing
- Normal biting force
- Increase strength ;
- Protects tooth
- maintains your natural smile
What is the recovery like from your Root Canal therapy?
When the local anesthetic has worn off, your tooth may be a little sore from the procedure. Your dentist may recommend a pain reliever to take at home, and depending on the circumstances behind your root canal, antibiotics may be prescribed to clear up any remaining infection in the tooth