Everything You Need To Know About Root Canal Treatment
Posted on 6/19/2023 by Brian Rounds, DDS
Are you one of the many people who fear the words "root canal treatment"? It's understandable, as the procedure is often misunderstood. What if we told you that a root canal could be the crucial solution for saving your damaged or infected tooth from extraction? Tooth pain can be unbearable, but root canal treatment can alleviate the discomfort and restore oral health.
Why Root Canal Treatment is Necessary
Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the tooth, becomes infected or inflamed. This can happen as a result of decay, trauma to the tooth, or repeated dental procedures. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the surrounding teeth and tissues, causing serious health problems. Root canal treatment removes the infected pulp and saves the tooth from further damage or extraction.
Signs You Might Need Root Canal Treatment
There are several signs that you might need root canal treatment. These include severe tooth pain, sensitivity to hot and cold, swelling and tenderness in the gums, and a persistent bump on the gums. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to contact your dentist as soon as possible to schedule an evaluation.
The Root Canal Procedure
The root canal procedure typically takes place over the course of two or three appointments. During the first appointment, your dentist will use specialized tools to numb the affected tooth and remove the damaged pulp. They will then clean and shape the inside of the tooth before filling it with a biocompatible material. Sometimes, a temporary filling may be placed until a crown or filling can fully restore the tooth.
After your root canal treatment, it's important to take proper care of your tooth to ensure it heals properly. This may include avoiding hard or crunchy foods, practicing good oral hygiene, and taking any prescribed medications as directed by your dentist. You may experience some sensitivity or discomfort in the days following your procedure, but this should subside over time.
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