A root canal treatment is a procedure done to help save a tooth after the root canal of the tooth has become infected or inflamed. By removing the nerve and pulp located within the tooth, it prevents the infection from spreading. The inner part of the tooth (which houses the pulp) is thoroughly cleaned and sealed to prevent future decay. It is a very effective means of saving a tooth and avoiding potential extraction and replacing with a dental implant.
Many patients will ask “Do I Need a Root Canal?” but this question can be hard to answer based just on surface inspection. X-rays and more thorough inspection will be needed, but some indicators of larger issues include abscesses, which are pus-filled pockets. These appear when decay and bacteria have spread past the roots of the tooth into the gum tissues.
The second question patients usually ask is “Is a Root Canal Painful?”. The procedure itself is accompanied by sedation to prevent the patient from feeling pain, but there may be some tenderness and soreness in the area around the tooth after the procedure. As long as proper care is practiced, the soreness subsides quickly.
When getting your root canal treatment, it is a two-step process. The first visit will involve the root canal treatment and finish with a temporary crown being put in place. The second visit will involve placing the permanent crown in position on top of the tooth. The final crown will allow the tooth to be as strong as a natural tooth.
In order to prevent root canal procedures and stop increased tooth decay, it is crucial to practice good oral hygiene. Brush twice a day, floss once a day, visit your dentist regularly to remove plaque/tartar and avoid foods that are high in starch, sugar, and acid to keep your teeth in good health.