A root canal is a process in which the decayed pulp is extracted from the central part of the tooth, reshaping the canal and replacing it with a strengthened filler. The pulp contains all the arteries, nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue that help the tooth to grow.
What are the signs that show you need a root canal?
Some signs that show you need a necessary root canal are, as follows:
- Getting sensitive to hot or cold foods or drinks
- Tooth gets discolored
- Gums become tender
- Pimple or bump-starts forming on the gum
- Gums get swollen
- Persistent toothache
- What are the causes that lead to pulp damage?
The common that lead to pulp damage is:
- An untreated cavity can lead to deep decay
- A tooth that has gone through too many dental procedures
- A tooth that is chipped or cracked
- Tooth injury caused getting hit in the mouth, damaging the pulp instead of cracking the tooth
What happens during the root canal procedure?
During this endodontic procedure, at first, the doctor examines the mouth, both visually and with X-rays. The tooth to be treated is numbed with the help of local anesthesia, and a dental dam is placed over the affected area to protect it, also keeping it clean and dry.
An opening is drilled in the tooth, and the damaged pulp is removed using specialized tools. The tooth is cleaned and is ready, to fill the canals with a biocompatible thermoplastic. After filling the area, the dentist then seals the tooth, placing a temporary filling over the seal. A permanent crown is created to prevent the filling from being infected. This restoration is then placed afterward.
How will you feel after the root canal procedure?
After the root canal procedure, you may go through the following:
- The soreness or discomfort with minor swelling will subside in about two days.
- You can soon go back and start with your usual activities, like working or driving, etc.
- Take the medications as prescribed by the dentist.
- Do not eat from the side of the mouth that is treated or have had a root canal
- It is better to prefer soft foods for a day or two.
- Continue brushing and flossing as you usually do, avoiding the treated area.
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