Root canal is a treatment that can be used to save a decayed or infected tooth, rather than remove it. The pulp is a soft area located under the white enamel and a hard area called dentin. The pulp can become infected or inflamed as a result of decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth, large fillings, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth. Where the infection is left untreated, it can lead to pulp death or loss of the tooth itself.
Root canal procedures involve removing the pulp, cleaning the inside of the tooth and then fill and seal it.
You may need a root canal if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- 1A hole in the tooth
- 2Severe toothache
- 3Discoloration of the tooth
- 4Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks
- 5Swelling around the face and neck and/or the gums around the affected tooth
After the root canal procedure, your pain should be relieved. The tooth may feel sensitive for the first few days following the procedure due to natural tissue inflammation, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure.It is best to minimize chewing on the affected tooth until the permanent filling is in place and/or the crown is placed. This steavoid re contamination of the interior of the tooth and also may prevent a fragile tooth from breaking before the tooth can be fully restored.
As far as oral health care is concerned, brush and floss as you regularly would and see your dentist at normally scheduled intervals. The final step of the root canal procedure is application of a restoration such as a crown, to cover and protect the tooth.
A root canal procedure is similar to having a routine filling placed and can be completed with a couple of visits.
Following a root canal procedure, you may experience soreness for a few days. Avoid chewing on the side where the procedure was performed as that may irritate the area and prevent the temporary restorative material from setting properly.
If you require a root canal procedure, please call our office to schedule an appointment.