What is a root canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure that is performed to remove the infected or inflamed nerve and pulp from a tooth. The tooth is then sealed to protect it from further damage.
Why might I need a root canal?
The most common reason for needing a root canal is an infection in the nerve and pulp of the tooth. This infection can be caused by a number of factors, including:
- Deep decay
- A cracked or broken tooth
- A trauma to the tooth
- Repeated dental procedures on the tooth
Other reasons why you might need a root canal include:
- Persistent tooth pain
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Tenderness or swelling of the gums
- A pimple on the gums near the infected tooth
- A foul taste in the mouth
- Difficulty chewing
How do I know if I need a root canal?
The only way to know for sure if you need a root canal is to see a dentist or endodontist. They will examine your tooth and take X-rays to determine the cause of your symptoms.
What happens during a root canal procedure?
A root canal procedure is typically performed in one or two appointments. During the first appointment, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth and then make a small opening in the tooth. They will then use special tools to remove the infected or inflamed nerve and pulp from the tooth. Once the nerve and pulp have been removed, the dentist will clean and disinfect the tooth.
If the root canal is being performed in one appointment, the dentist will then fill the tooth with a material called gutta-percha and seal the opening with a filling or crown. However, if the root canal is being performed in two appointments, the dentist will place a temporary filling in the tooth and schedule a follow-up appointment to complete the procedure.
At the follow-up appointment, the dentist will remove the temporary filling and fill the tooth with gutta-percha. They will then seal the opening with a filling or crown.
What should I expect after a root canal?
Some people may experience some discomfort after a root canal procedure. This discomfort is usually mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Your dentist will give you specific instructions on how to care for your tooth after the procedure.
How successful is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is generally very successful. However, there are some cases in which the procedure may not be effective. For example, if the tooth is too severely damaged or if the infection is too severe, the dentist may recommend extracting the tooth.
What are the risks of root canal treatment?
The risks of root canal treatment are very low. However, there are some potential risks, such as:
- Pain or discomfort after the procedure
- Damage to the tooth
- Failure of the root canal treatment
What can I do to prevent needing a root canal?
There are a number of things you can do to prevent needing a root canal, including:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day
- Flossing your teeth once a day
- Seeing your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings
If you have any questions or concerns about root canal treatment, please talk to your dentist.
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