Root canal treatment is an often straightforward procedure to relieve dental pain and save your teeth. Patients typically need a root canal when there is inflammation or infection in the roots of a tooth. During root canal treatment, an endodontist who specializes in such treatment carefully removes the pulp inside the tooth, cleans, disinfects and shapes the root canals, and places a filling to seal the space.
WHAT TO EXPECT POST-PROCEDURE.
A root canal treatment often takes two or more appointments to complete. A temporary filling is often placed to protect the root canals between appointments. It is not uncommon for a small portion of your temporary filling to break off, so it is nothing to worry about. You may experience some discomfort for some days after a root canal appointment. To control the discomfort, please take prescribed medication for the indicated length of time even if all signs and symptoms of infection have disappeared.
- You may experience some pressure and discomfort on your tooth.
- Please chew on the opposite side of the mouth for the next 3 days to minimize discomfort.
- The last stage of a root canal treatment is to place a crown to cover and protect the tooth and prevent irreparable fracture in the future. This is especially crucial because once a tooth is root-filled; it is dead and over time, becomes brittle (almost like chalk). By placing a crown over it, it becomes less vulnerable to fracture.
A patient requiring a root canal would experience symptoms like, serious teeth pain when eating or when you put pressure on the area. Teeth pain and sensitivity to hot or cold that lingers after the hot or cold stimuli have been removed also,Tenderness or swelling in the gums near the area of teeth pain.
A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. It is advisable not to ignore tooth pain as the procedure would lead to more pain and gradually get more expensive.