A root canal is a dental treatment in which the nerve of the tooth gets infected, or the dental pulp becomes wholly damaged. Endodontics is a specialized dental field that is concerned with the study and treatment of the dental pulp. Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is actually a painless procedure, to repair and save infected or severely decayed teeth. Root canal procedures involve removing the infected nerve as well as the dental pulp in the tooth, which is cleaned and sealed.
Why do you need a root canal?
Before having a root canal therapy, the pain that you undergo with infection and decaying teeth could be excruciating. The common causes of tooth decay and infections could be eating foods that affect your teeth, gums, or mouth developing bacteria, as well as not brushing or flossing daily, which can form plaque and tartar. The other reasons could be toothaches, including dental cavities, gum disease, dental abscess, cracked tooth syndrome, irritation of the tooth root, temporomandibular disease, impaction, or an eruption.
What is the process of a root canal?
A root canal treatment gives relief to the unbearable pain, preventing any uncomfortable situation in the future. In the beginning, the dentist drills a small access hole to perform a root canal and removes all the debris and infection. After that, a rubber-like material called gutta-percha is used for filling the pulp chamber and sealing the access hole. A dental crown is placed to protect the tooth that has been cleaned and sealed to avoid further damages.
If you delay to carry out the procedure, the dental pulp will start breaking and infecting the bone surrounding the tooth, even though the immune system might try to protect the tooth against the occurring infection. If this is left untreated, you will have excessive pain, and swelling or tooth will develop into an abscessed tooth over time.
How should you care for your tooth/teeth after a root canal?
You should take care of your teeth in the following ways, after the root canal:
- You should avoid eating or chewing from the affected area.
- You should go for a routine check-up.
- Take the prescribed medications, as said by the dentist.
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