Root Canal Treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a practice used to save a tooth when the nerve or the dental pulp (a collection of nerves, blood vessels and other tissue inside a tooth) becomes diseased or injured.
Signs and symptoms that could be caused by a root canal concern include…
- Constant, severe pain in your mouth
- Swelling along the gum line
- Sharp pain when biting down on food
- Extreme sensitivity to heat or cold that lingers after eating
- If you need a root canal treatment, don’t panic! A root canal treatment is one of the most commonly performed dental procedures and will help you feel better.
X-rays and Procedure: The first step in a root canal treatment is to take an X-ray of the tooth to visualize whether there is an infection or damage to the root canal of the tooth. Local anesthetic is used to numb the area of the tooth. Once the area is numb, a small opening into the tooth is made to access the pulp. The canals are cleaned and shaped with miniature files and sealed with cement.
Tenderness: There may be some tenderness and sensitivity after the root canal procedure. The discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers; however, your dentist will determine your treatment plan based on your individual assessment.
Crown Restoration: Due to the structural weakening of the tooth from a root canal procedure and decay, it is usually necessary to add a crown over the treated tooth to prevent fracture and tooth loss.