Root Canal Treatment
Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the sorf of tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures, trauma on the tooth; or crack or chip in the tooth.
The goal of the dentist is always to save the tooth when it can be done. The natural teeth are stronger, moreover it affects the health and longevity of the neighboring teeth.
How root canal procedure works?
- The area where the root canal is being placed will be numbed and the crown of that tooth will be opened.
- Your dentist will access to the pulp chamber and of course, the root canal system. The dentist will remove the pulp and then clean the affected area before reshaping your root canal. After, it will be refilled with gutta-percha (rubbery biocompatible material).
- The canal is, then, sealed and a filling is positioned to close the tooth area. It will prevent it from being infected again. After a period of time your dentist will place a crown on your tooth.
- After the surgery you may encounter little or a lot of pain and swelling. However, your dentist will prescribe you medication that will help you deal with the swelling and pain that follows.
You will, normally, feel better after about two weeks or so depending on the severity of inflammation. Because dental technology and aesthetics have improved a lot, root canal treatment procedures are less painful than they were years ago. Many patients have actually reported being comfortable during their treatment.