A root canal treats and recovers the deep-seated infection, decay, or trauma that affects the central portion of the tooth called the pulp. This is the place where the health of the tooth is located, including its nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. Special techniques are used to address the damage in the pulp portion of the tooth for a root canal so that the tooth can be preserved and kept away from the tooth loss as well.
Why is it necessary to remove the pulp?
The pulp gets necessary to remove because when it breaks down, making the bacteria to multiply in the pulp chamber. The infection or the abscessed tooth that forms pus destroys the tooth’s root.
The infection in the tooth root and the abscess can cause swelling that may spread to the face, neck, or head too. It can lead to bone loss near the tip of the root. It can produce a hole through the side of the tooth, making the way to the drainage into gums or from cheeks to skin.
What are the symptoms that indicate that you need a root canal?
Many people have pain and discomfort, especially when biting down or chewing. They experience extreme pain and swelling in the gum tissue that surrounds the tooth, which shows that you need to have a root canal. You might start getting a discolored tooth. Sometimes you might even experience persistent or recurring pimple on the gums.
The tooth gets too sensitive to hot or cold foods or drinks. The best way to know the best treatment is to see the dentist when you get the first signs or symptoms. The dentist can assess your tooth by taking an x-ray to depict more clearly about what is happening inside your tooth.
What should you expect from this treatment?
As the root canal procedure is completely done, a permanent filling will be inserted. It would be better if you don’t pressurize the area under repair by chewing. It will avoid the tooth’s interior from recontamination, also preventing a weak tooth from breaking before the tooth can be adequately restrained.
How will you feel after the treatment?
After a root canal, you may feel:
- Pain due to natural tissue inflammation, which is natural to have if you had it before the procedure.
- Discomfort or sensitivity which can be avoided by the medications suggested by a dentist.
- Regular oral hygiene habits, like brushing and flossing, is needed to maintain the treatment.
- But still, you should get checked by your dentist at the scheduled intervals.
Is the root canal a painful treatment?
With the help of today’s pain management and sedation techniques, it is comfortable and practical to reduce the feeling of discomfort both during and following the root canal.
Find out more about root canal as you visit our office. Call Sun-Park Dental today at (916) 435-1155 or request an appointment online.