A root canal is a dental technique that helps eliminate bacteria from a damaged tooth. The treatment helps save the tooth by preventing re-infection. During the procedure, the dentist will remove the inflamed or infected pulp and seal the hole.
The pulp is composed of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. The procedure helps relieve pain and make the tooth healthy. Here is more information on what happens during a root canal treatment.
A root canal has come a long way from the days when it was associated with extreme pain. Today, the dentist can complete a root canal in one or two visits, depending on the tooth's condition. The procedure is very effective and relatively painless. Infection, inflammation, or irritation of a tooth’s pulp can result from severe decay, cracks, chips, and frequent dental procedures.
Tooth damage can also be due to facial trauma. Without treatment, the condition worsens as the surrounding tissue becomes infected. A root canal can help restore the tooth’s function.
Teeth nerves are not vital for health and function after the tooth has erupted. Therefore, a root canal can work fast and effectively to restore teeth to their normal function. Treatment helps save the natural teeth, which is beneficial for efficient chewing.
Another benefit is providing a normal biting sensation and force, and creating a natural appearance. Root canal treatment also helps protect the surrounding teeth from strain.
Some signs indicate that you may need a root canal, and they include:
Severe pain when biting or chewing
Cracked or chipped teeth
Pimples on the gums
Painful or swollen gums
Dark or decayed gums
If you have a cracked tooth due to injury or a deep cavity, you may require a root canal. If you have had one or more fillings and are experiencing issues, the dentist at Reaves Dental may recommend a root canal.
Here, the dentist will begin by taking X-rays to examine the root canal and determine signs of bone infection. Local anesthesia helps numb the area around the tooth. Placing a sheet around the damaged tooth will help keep the treatment area dry.
The dentist will drill into the tooth to remove the pulp, decayed nerve tissue, and bacteria. They will then clean the tooth thoroughly before sealing it. If the tooth has an infection, they will medicate the tooth before using a temporary filling until the next appointment. They may also decide to install a crown to protect the tooth.
You will experience numbness for a few hours after the procedure, but you can return to your activities. Wait for the numbness to go before you eat. The tooth may feel sensitive for some days after the root canal due to tissue inflammation. OTC pain medication can offer relief from the pain.
It is essential to floss and brush thoroughly to keep the teeth healthy. Regular visits to the dentist will help prevent further tooth damage.
For more on root canal treatment, visit Reaves Dental at our office in New Hartford, New York. You can call (315) 736-0139 today to schedule an appointment.