A root canal helps to repair and save the natural teeth that are severely decayed or infected, preventing the need for any dental implants or bridges. The pulp that consists of blood vessels and helps in building the surrounding tooth gets infected. So, in this procedure, it is removed, cleaned, and sealed. The pulp gets infected due to severe tooth decay, cracks or chips, and trauma to the tooth.
What are the symptoms of tooth Infection?
A root canal is a way to treat tooth infection and cavities. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the jaw and other parts of the mouth, even leading to tooth loss. So, it is essential to note the early symptoms of tooth infection, such as:
- Unbearable toothache
- Sensation in tooth/teeth when in touch with heat and cold
- Excessive pain while biting or chewing
- Prolonged bad breath
- Lymph nodes in the neck and also the face gets swollen up
- Persistent fever
How is the root canal done?
In the beginning, a small access hole is drilled to perform a root canal. Debris and infection are removed through this hole. After that, a rubber-like material is used to fill the pulp chamber and also seal the access hole, which is called gutta-percha. Antibiotics are injected into the tooth, only if needed, but it is precisely not required for every case.
A dental crown is used to protect the tooth that has been cleaned and sealed to avoid any more damages. Dental crowns are “caps” or “crowns” made of gold, a prosthesis that fits perfectly over the top of a tooth, covering it down to the gum line.
A root canal is a relieve to the unbearable pain and preventing any uncomfortable situation in the future. Sedation dentistry is an excellent option if you are anxious thinking about the situation. You can talk about it to your dentist.
What is done after a root canal?
A record of the conducted treatment is sent to the restorative dentist. The restorative dentist decides on the type of restoration that is required to protect your tooth. It is in some rare cases that endodontic treatment or microsurgeries are needed, such as an apicoectomy, or root-end resection. It is necessary to get follow-up treatment, as suggested by your dentist. Having good dental hygiene and oral health is vital to avoid any further problems. Also, take the medications, as recommended by your dentist.
Find out more about root canal as you visit our offices in Richmond and Henrico in Virginia. Call Fred A. Knaysi, D.D.S. today or request an appointment online.