Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is also known as endodontic therapy.
This treatment aims to restore and preserve a severely deteriorated or infected tooth.
It is usually the ultimate solution to relieve severe tooth pain, to treat inflammation and infection that may occur in the tooth root following several reasons.
Why You Need the Procedure?
Bacteria that live in the mouth and surround the tooth are responsible
for the tooth infection. Bacteria’s formation may happen due to injuries, tooth loss, and leaky fillings. You may also need root canal treatment if you suffer from tainted pulp that would cause swelling, sensitivity, and discomfort. If you have these symptoms, you should consult your dentist immediately. If the infection progresses, the pulp dies, and these signs can vanish. Your tooth seems to have recovered then, but the inflammation has spread into the root canal structure.
Eventually, you get more symptoms like:
Remember, leaving the infected tooth in your mouth can make the situation worse. If the infection settles in your tooth, the root canal treatment may be less effective. Antibiotics, a medicine to treat bacterial infections, are not sufficient in handling root canal infections.
How Does the Process Work?
When the endodontist, a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, preventive interventions of the dental pulp, has dissolved the contaminated tissue, you should not have to think about the pain and irritation resulting from the damaged pulp or if the infection is getting worse. For the remainder of your life, you will possibly be able to retain your natural tooth, despite damage or other dental problems. You should visit the dentist after the operation is complete, usually after one or two visits, and have the tooth fixed with a crown or lining.
Are Root Canals Painful?
During root canal therapy, most patients feel some discomfort. The specialist will numb the tooth and its surrounding area to avoid the feeling of pain until the end of the operation. Expect some discomfort and sensitivity for a couple of days after the procedure. Your endodontist will prescribe you some pain relievers such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Besides, he/she can prescribe some medications if irritation occurs.
The actual operation is not painful with local anesthesia. Having a root canal, though, will cause some irritation, as mentioned earlier.
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