Root Canal Treatment: Everything You Need to Know
What is a Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment is designed to repair and save teeth that are severely damaged, decaying, or have serious infections (abscesses). Root canal treatment eliminates bacteria from the tooth by removing the inflamed and infected pulp. The tooth is cleaned, disinfected, filled and sealed.
Root canals start as improperly treated cavities cause an infection and progress in the nerve. Avoiding a root canal can cause decay, severe pain, tooth infection, and tooth extractions. Waiting in pain too long may mean it is too late or a root canal. A tooth extraction may be necessary to avoid further infection and damage.
What Can I Expect When I Get a Root Canal Treatment?
The pulp or soft tissue inside your tooth can become infected if you have a deep cavity, a cracked or fractured tooth, or an injury to a tooth. This pulp contains nerves and blood vessels and will cause pain and swelling if it becomes infected. An abscess may form around the end of the root of the tooth. An infection or abscess puts you at risk for losing your tooth.
What Should I Expect From the Root Canal Process?
A root canal can usually be completed in one visit. Your dentist will use anesthesia, so you should feel little to no pain throughout the procedure. The pain you had prior to the root canal should be lessened after the procedure is completed.
Before treatment begins, your dentist will:
- Take X-rays to get a clear view of the tooth and bone.
- Numb the area around and including your tooth so you are comfortable during the treatment.
- Put a thin sheet of latex rubber over your tooth to keep it dry, clean and protected from viruses and bacteria.
During treatment, your dentist will:
- Create an opening in the top of your tooth.
- Remove the tooth’s nerve from inside the tooth and in the areas in the root canal..Clean inside the tooth and each root canal. Your dentist may treat the tooth with germ-killing medicine.
- Fill the root canals with a rubber-like material to seal them against future infection.
- Place a temporary filling on the tooth to protect it until a definitive restoration like a permanent filling or crown can be placed at the earliest opportunity.
After the root canal treatment:
- Your tooth and the area around it may feel sensitive for a few days. You can talk with your dentist about how to relieve any discomfort you may have.
- Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics if the infection spread. Use as directed, and follow up with your dentist if you have any problems taking it.
You will need a follow-up visit after the root canal treatment. At this visit, your dentist will remove the temporary filling on the tooth and replace it with a regular filling or a crown to protect your tooth from further damage. A metal or plastic post may also be placed in the root canal to help make sure the filling materials remain in place. This helps support a crown if you need one.
How Long Will My Root Canal Last?
Your restored tooth will last a lifetime with proper brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing, regular dentist visits, proper care.
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