What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure that is performed to remove the infected or inflamed pulp from a tooth. The pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels. When the pulp becomes infected, it can cause severe pain, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, and swelling of the gums.
Why might I need a root canal?
There are a number of reasons why you might need a root canal, including:
- Deep decay
- A cracked or broken tooth
- A trauma to the tooth
- Repeated dental procedures on the tooth
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 your dentist. They will examine your tooth and take X-rays to determine the cause of your symptoms.
What happens during a root canal procedure?
Root canal treatment 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 pulp from the tooth and clean and seal the canal. If the root canal is being performed in one appointment, the dentist will then place a filling or crown on the tooth to protect it. 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 place a permanent filling or crown on the tooth.
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
Is root canal treatment painful?
Root canal treatment is not nearly as painful as people think. In fact, with today’s advances in anesthesia and surgical techniques, the discomfort generally experienced during a root canal is no greater than that felt when having a tooth filled.
Is it better to just pull the tooth?
Most dentists agree that it is better to keep your natural teeth whenever possible. Root canals are a way to preserve a tooth that is infected or damaged. Tooth extraction should only be considered as a last resort.
Root canal treatment is a safe and effective way to relieve tooth pain and save your teeth. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of a root canal infection, please contact your dentist right away.
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