Root canal therapy can be used to treat a number of dental issues. The most common of these is an infection within the root of a tooth that can cause symptoms like tooth sensitivity, soreness, or swelling. Root canal therapy is an effective way to relieve these painful symptoms.
During a root canal, the dentist removes the diseased tissue inside the tooth by accessing the part of the tooth that houses the pulp, soft tissue, and nerves.
How Do You Prepare for a Root Canal Procedure?
Before your procedure begins, the dentist will take X-rays to determine the extent of the damage. This also allows the dentist to identify any possible complications.
The dentist will first numb your tooth and jawbone with a local anesthetic. The damaged portion of your tooth will be removed, and the dentist will complete the procedure by sealing the canal with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. In order to protect your tooth from further damage, a dental crown will be recommended to be placed over it.
What Happens After a Root Canal Procedure?
After a root canal procedure, you may experience some mild sensitivity or discomfort.
Sometimes, patients find that the tooth is a little achy or tender. This discomfort typically lasts for several days to a few weeks. It’s also important to avoid chewing on ice, hard candy, or other hard foods after the procedure.
What Are the Benefits of a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy has the following benefits:
- A root canal is often the best option for saving a badly damaged tooth.
- A root canal can save a tooth from being extracted.
- The root canal procedure involves removing infected or inflamed tissue from within the tooth. The inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. This prevents the inside of the tooth from becoming infected again.
- A root canal is a relatively comfortable procedure and is performed under the effect of anesthesia.
- Once the procedure is completed, the treated tooth can function normally.
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