Root canals are an effective solution to treat damaged or diseased teeth. The procedure is pretty common and can restore dental health. Here is all you need to know about root canals.
A root canal treatment is similar to a routine filling. It is an effort to restore the damaged tooth instead of removing it. The procedure is completed in one appointment or a couple of sittings depending on the condition of the teeth.
There are several benefits to undergoing a root canal:-
- Efficient chewing
- Normal biting force
- Natural appearance
- Regular sensation
- Protects the tooth from wear and tear
- Shields the tooth from strain
Patients who go through root canals usually gain much-needed relief from pain and inflammation after the procedure.
A majority of patients claim that it is an almost painless procedure. Your dentist will numb the area with anesthesia, to make it as pain-free as possible. You may experience mild discomfort for a few days post the process.
Your dentist or endodontist could suggest a root canal to restore a cracked tooth caused by an injury. A root canal could also solve issues caused by a previous filling. And if you notice that your teeth are sensitive, particularly to hot and cold sensations, a root canal can offer respite.
A few symptoms that suggest a root canal can help include:-
- Pimples on the gums.
- Discomfort or pain while chewing or biting.
- A chipped or cracked tooth.
- Swollen or tender gums.
- Deep decay or darkening of the gums.
If you are experiencing either one or a combination of these symptoms, stay calm and consult your dentist for medical advice.
An X-ray is taken to ascertain the gravity of damage on the teeth. Local anesthesia is then administered to minimize pain during the process. The dentist will then place a dental dam which is a rubber-like sheet in your mouth. It helps protect the tooth from saliva. The decay is removed. An opening is made through the tooth’s crown, and the pulp chamber is accessed. The dentist will then use dental instruments to remove the infected or diseased pulp.
Once the diseased pulp is removed, the expert cleans the pulp chamber and root canals. If needed, the root canals may be reshaped and enlarged to allow better access for filling. Before permanently serving the root canal, they are washed and dried and in some instances, medicine is used.
After the root canal, a temporary filling is placed in the crown to protect the tooth from debris and saliva. It is advised to avoid biting or chewing on the tooth until it’s been permanently treated and restored.
A root canal prescription is not something you need to panic about. Our experts at Nova Dental have extensive experience in root canals and can help you restore your dental health. Visit our website today to schedule a root canal.