Root canal treatment is a procedure to relieve pain and restore your teeth. An inflammation or infection in the roots of a tooth causes the inner pulp/ soft tissue of a tooth to decay. This results in severe toothache, and if left untreated, the loss of a tooth.
The treatment requires an endodontist, a specialist in inner tooth treatments, to remove the pulp from the tooth, as well as clean and shape the interior of the tooth before it is filled. This restoration process eliminates pain and decay, while restoring the full functionality of the tooth.
Your Root Canal Treatment Questions Answered
Q: Why causes the decay of pulp in the tooth?
A :The infection can have a variety of causes, such as deep decay from an untreated cavity, chip or crack in the tooth. Additionally, an injury to a tooth can cause pulp damage without the occurrence of visible chips or cracks.
Q: What happens if the tooth is left untreated?
A: If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, the result is dental pain, or it can lead to an abscess.
Q: What are the signs of needing treatment?
A: Signs you need Root Canal Treatment:
- Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
- Tenderness in the mouth, as well as the lymph nodes
- Discoloration of the tooth
Q: Will I feel pain during or after the procedure?
A: Modern techniques and the use of anesthetics allow patients to remain comfortable throughout the procedure.
Your tooth may feel sensitive for a few days after the procedure and the tooth may feel different from your other teeth for some time. Any discomfort you might feel can be treated with over-the-counter or prescription medications. If you experience great pain that lasts more than a few days, call your endodontist.
Q: Will the tooth need any special care after treatment?
A: If the tooth is not fully restored in your first dentist appointment, it is advised to not chew on the treated tooth, as it is prone to fracture. After the full restoration, you are required practice good oral hygiene, which includes brushing, flossing, and regular checkups and cleanings, to maintain the restoration and your natural teeth.
Q: What causes a treated tooth to need additional treatment?
A: New trauma, deep decay, or a loose, cracked or broken filling can cause new infection in your tooth.
It is recommended to schedule an appointment with your dentist or endodontist if you experience discomfort with your natural or treated teeth. Most dental issues are easier to treat in the earlier stages of the condition. Always relying on professional and expert advice can save your teeth and health.