Root canal treatment is a valuable dental procedures used to treat and preserve teeth with badly infected roots. The pulp, a live portion of the tooth extends into the root and contains nerve endings and tissues. When it becomes infected, patients can experience pain, swelling and even total tooth loss if left treated. Root canal treatment removes the damaged parts of the tooth and infected root and filled up with bio inert materials. In some cases, an antibiotic is prescribed to help prevent further infection within the tooth. The remaining portion of the tooth that remains may be restored directly using a cap or crown or in some cases, post and core may be required to strengthen the remaining tooth structure and then crown has to be placed that provides a natural appearance and normal tooth function.
You could be a candidate for a root canal if decay or damage has allowed bacteria to infect the pulp inside your tooth. A root canal could also be the right treatment for you if you prefer to preserve your natural tooth instead of extracting both the healthy and diseased portions of your tooth. For more information about treatment, schedule a dental exam and consultation at your earliest convenience.
If you decide to go for a treatment, the first step will involve a local anesthetic. Once your tooth root is numb, the diseased portion of your tooth pulp will be removed and treated for bacterial infection. The tooth will then be sealed and filled before being restored with a crown.
It is normal for teeth to become inflamed after a root canal, potentially causing sensitivity for the first several days following treatment. However, normal brushing and flossing habits can be resumed immediately after treatment and restoration is complete.