A Guide to Root Canal Treatment
A root canal treatment has been previously associated with great pain, and it was something to avoid if at all possible. Many people still don’t understand what the procedure is for, or what it involves. However, today’s technology means it’s now a simple, almost painless treatment, so you have nothing to be scared of.
What Exactly is a Root Canal?
A root canal is done to relieve pain, not cause pain. It’s performed to save an infected tooth, and the procedure removes bacteria and dead tissue from inside the tooth and the root to prevent further damage. It’s similar to a complicated filling, and it usually involves at least a couple of visits to the dentist.
Why Would you Need a Root Canal?
If you’re experiencing a lot of pain from a decayed or infected tooth, or you’ve developed a dental abscess, then you might need a root canal treatment. The tooth might be sensitive to heat and cold, pressure such when you bite or chew, or it can just ache continuously. Even damage to a tooth can cause the pulp to become infected and require a root canal treatment to save it. It can be easier and faster to remove the tooth, but many people prefer to save it and avoid tooth replacement later.
You’ll be given a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area, and your dentist will use a small drill to get to the inside of the affected tooth by making an opening near the gum. Your dentist will use tools to clear away the damaged pulp and clean out any debris with water. The cavity is disinfected and shaped to make it easier to fill. Depending on the size and scope of the procedure, you might have a second appointment to have your tooth filled and sealed. Smaller root canals can be filled and sealed on the same day.
Most root canal treatments are finished with a dental crown to blend the tooth in with your other teeth. It’s important not to wait too long before you get the crown so the tooth doesn’t become damaged or infected again, and to not bite or chew with the tooth until the crown is fitted. Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day as you normally would.
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