What is a root canal?
There is no need to be worried if your dentist or endodontist prescribes a root canal procedure to treat a damaged or diseased tooth. Millions of teeth are treated and saved this way each year, relieving pain and making teeth healthy again. The treatment of root canal is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save the natural tooth. When one of our patients undergoes a root canal, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, and then filled and sealed.
Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many benefits:
- Efficient chewing.
- Normal biting force and sensation.
- Natural appearance.
- Protects other teeth from excessive wear.
What happens during a root canal procedure?
During the root canal performance, the dentist administers local anesthesia around the tooth in order to eliminate any discomfort or pain during the procedure. After that, the dentist removes the cavity and once the cavity has been properly removed, access to the root chamber is gained. Carefully removing the pulp with a specialised files and filling the canal with a material called Gutta Percha. The dentist rebuilds a crown to match it’s original anatomy, once the crown has been rebuilt, an impression of the tooth is recorded and prepared to be fitted on top of the restored tooth. The crown is a very important step in the procedure acting as a protector from further damages and restoring the functionality of the tooth.
What happens to the tooth after root canal?
After we have finished the procedure your mouth will be numb for about 3 hours and you will be able to continue on with your normal life. Although our dentists advise against consuming any foods until the numbness is completely gone, and recommends soft foods for at least 3 days afterwards.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
Root canals are needed for a tooth cracked from an injury or genetics, a deep cavity, or issues from a previous filling or crown. Patients generally need a root canal when they notice that their teeth are becoming sensitive, particularly to hot and cold sensations, or spontaneously starts to hurt.
There are a few symptoms that mean you might need a root canal:
- Severe pain while chewing.
- Pimples on the gums.
- A chipped or cracked tooth.
- Sensitivity to hot or cold beverages and foods.
- Swollen or tender gums.
- Deep decay or darkening of the gums.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms we advise you to contact our dentists at Mountain Springs Dental office and book an appointment right away!