Root Canals procedures are undertaken to remove the infected pulp from the inside of the tooth root when there is no other alternative way to treat the infection or fix the damage. The spreading of the decay usually causes the infection to the pulp, or it can also incur damage from trauma or extensive dental work performed on the tooth. The dentists carry out a root canal procedure to try and save an adult tooth that can still function without pulp.
When Does a Dentist Decide That You Need a Root Canal?
A dentist will physically examine your teeth and take x-rays. The results from your examination and the symptoms will help the dentist decide on performing the root canal procedure. The usual signs that you might need a root canal include:
- A root canal may become necessary when you have unprovoked spontaneous pain.
- When a person experiences pain while chewing or biting
- There is persistent sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures in the mouth
- The gums are swollen or tender
- There is a darkening of a tooth or swelling in the face.
What Can Be Expected During the Root Canal Procedure?
The basic steps for a Root Canal include the following:
- The dentist will first numb the area, which has to be treated using local anesthesia so that the patient will not feel any pain during the procedure.
- The affected tooth is isolated from the surrounding areas by placing a sheet of rubber that will allow the tooth to protrude through it. This is done to ensure that the saliva which has bacteria in it does not enter the canals.
- The dentist will make holes in your tooth to reach the canals. The channels are meticulously cleaned through these holes, shaped into smooth, hollow tubes, and then rinsed to remove any decayed remains.
- The canals are then packed with a biocompatible material and sealed with dental cement.
- The access hole will be closed with a temporary filling before strengthening it with a permanent restoration such as a crown.
- Once you have the crown, your tooth will be fully functional.
- Minor discomfort will be there for a day or two after the procedure. Pain killers will help to ease your pain and discomfort.
How Painful Is a Root Canal Treatment?
The root canals may have been painful in the past. But nowadays, dentists use local anesthetics to numb patients before performing the procedure, and hence there is very minimal discomfort. The patient will be absolutely fine in a day or two and can go back to their daily routine.
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