Root Canal Therapy, a dental treatment offered by be well dental, is given to patients who have a damaged tooth due to trauma, decay, or disease.
What does root canal therapy do? The answer of t6his question is that it cleaning the tooth’s internal structure, sealing the tooth’s internal structure, involves replacing a tooth’s infected and damaged pulp with a filling may need at least three dental visits and it prevents the spread of infection to surrounding tissues. It works best with a dental crown, which could further strengthen and secure the tooth in place for years.
The other name of Root canal therapy is also known as endodontic treatment. So let’s talk about the treatment procedure of root canal therapy or endodontic procedure:
Depending on the extent of infection as well as your current state of health, root canals are often performed over one to three visits with an endodontist. So what happens during those visits?
- Get relaxed!!!
Your dentists administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around your tooth and gum, so you will be comfortable during the procedure.
- Protect your tooth
A latex rubber sheet called “dam” is placed around the tooth being treated to protect it and te rest of your mouth.
- Remove infected pulp
Using an operating microscope, a small opening is made in the top or back of the tooth to gently remove the infected pulp.
- Ready for filling
Once the pulp is removed, the canals are cleaned, reshaped and disinfected and will now be ready for the filling.
- Fill the tooth
The root canals will now be filled with biocompatible material called “gutta-percha” to completely seal it to prevent reinfection.
- The final stage
The final stage will often involve a more permanent restoration (e.g. crown), as determined by your Endodontist and general dentist.
Coming towards the point that what signs you may need a root canal, let us explore them one by one
1) Tooth pain:
The most common symptom of the need for a root canal. You may feel extreme sensitivity to hot and cold. Pain can occur spontaneously as well, not always in relation to a stimulus. Chewing or pressure on a tooth can also cause this pain.
If you see a pimple-like bump on your gums, it could be an abscess. An abscess happens when the pulp inside the tooth dies. The root is infected with bacteria, and a pocket of pus forms around it. Ignoring an abscess can lead to the infection spreading.
Trauma from a car accident, sports injury, or other blows can necessitate a root canal. In some cases, this will happen at the same time as the incident itself. In other cases, it may be years af6ter the incident that a root canal is needed.
4) Severe decay:
Regular trips to the dentist can help spot early signs of decay. A damaged filling also contains the risk of the infection of pulp.
If you notice one tooth that is discolored, you may need a root canal therapy. A “dead tooth” is susceptible to infection. Swelling and tenderness around the surrounding gums is also a telltale sign. Notice if you have swollen lymph nodes, as this could be an indicator.