Root canal treatment is performed when the inner tooth is infected or inflamed.
Root canal therapy is a dental procedure that is performed when the inner part of the tooth, which is known as the pulp, is infected or inflamed. During the procedure, your dentist will carefully remove the damaged or infected pulp in order to alleviate pain and prevent further complications from developing. Read on to find out more about what the procedure involves, and when it is beneficial…
When is it performed?
Root canal therapy is generally recommended in cases where the pulp of a tooth has become inflamed or infected. By removing infected or damaged pulp, it is often possible to preserve the structure of the tooth and prevent further damage that could lead to tooth loss or extraction.
The pulp of the tooth can be damaged by a number of factors, including decay, a cracked or chipped tooth, and injuries that occur as the result of a hard knock or fall. Some of the possible signs of damaged pulp include severe toothache, as well as swelling in the gums and face.
What does the treatment involve?
Root canal treatment is performed under local anaesthetic, which means that you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure. When the anaesthetic has taken effect, your dentist will make a small opening in the affected tooth and carefully remove the damaged pulp. The canals of your tooth will then be cleaned to ensure that no bacteria or debris remain. Once it has been thoroughly cleaned, your tooth will be filled and sealed. A temporary filling may be placed to prevent further infection. After a few days, this temporary filling will be replaced with a permanent restoration. In some cases, a crown may be placed to restore the function and appearance of the tooth.
What can you expect after treatment?
Although the treatment itself is not painful, you may experience some soreness and swelling once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off. Your dentist will recommend over-the-counter pain medications, which will help to relieve any discomfort that you feel. You should try and avoid chewing on the site of treatment until you have had a permanent filling or crown placed. Any pain that you feel after your root canal treatment should resolve over time. If you are concerned about pain or swelling that does not subside within a few days, be sure to get in touch with your dentist. In some cases, a follow-up treatment is required to fully resolve an infection of the pulp.
Once your tooth has healed, you will enjoy fully restored function. It is important that you practice proper oral hygiene in order to maintain the results of your treatment, as well as your overall oral health. This means brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily. It is also advisable that you see your dentist for regular check-ups. This will ensure that any oral health issues can be identified and resolved before they become more serious or complicated.
How can we help?
At Iris Dental, we offer a number of restorative dental treatments, including root canal therapy. We recommend the treatment in cases where we feel it is possible to save a damaged or infected tooth from extraction and to prevent further complications down the line. If you experience severe tooth pain, sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks, tender gums, or swelling of the face, we encourage you to come in and see us. Our dentist will examine your teeth and let you know what the best course of action is based on your particular symptoms and concerns.
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