When you can’t seem to enjoy your ice cream because you have an extremely sensitive tooth, or your coffee causes your pain, you may be in need of a root canal. A root canal doesn’t have to cause you to be nervous, as the treatment is meant to save your tooth. Trust Smile Park Dental to help you get your smile back.
Why Do You Need A Root Canal?
A Root Canal is a dental treatment done after an x-ray reveals the centre of the affected tooth has major damage or infection. This could also be because of a deep, unattended cavity, or deep cracks. Abscesses can also cause you to need a root canal. The pulp inside the tooth, also called the soft matter, has or is in the process of, dying from a bacterial infection. This infection can spread quickly if ignored.
Symptoms of an Infection
At the beginning of the infection, there are a few obvious symptoms of a bacterial infection and the need for a root canal.
- you have any pain while biting or chewing
- Extreme pain or sensitivity when drinking or eating hot and cold food or drink.
If the infection gets worse, the pulp will die and the symptoms will possibly disappear. Don’t be fooled, the tooth is not healing, the infection is just spreading into the root canal. These following symptoms will reappear as the infection progresses:
- your tooth changes colour, getting darker
- there may be swelling in your face
- the infected tooth starts to seep matter
- the gum around the tooth is swelling
- increased pain when you bite and chew
Root Canal Process
Root canals are done with state of the art equipment. Usually the dentist will use local anaesthetics for the procedure, enough so the patient is comfortable.
- The first step after the anaesthetic, is to make an opening in the top of the tooth.
- Rotary files and specially-designed tools are used to clean out the tooth’s canal and shape it.
- Any debris in the root canal is removed by an anti-bacterial solution
- The root canal is filled with special material and closed
- The final step is to restore the tooth’s appearance by using a crown or filling
Usually, the treatment takes one to two visits. The number of visits is determined by the condition of the tooth. After-care instructions will be given to you to follow so the whole procedure will be a success, and you will recover quickly. Remember, after a root canal, your tooth is considered ‘dead.’ You will not feel any pain in the tooth afterwards. This is because the nerve tissue involved was removed.
What Can you Expect After the Treatment?
You can expect some pain and swelling for a couple of days. It is possible for some people to have a mild allergic reaction to the medication. For some, the bite may feel a bit uneven.
If you find yourself requiring a root canal, you will want to contact a dental team you can trust. At Smile Park Dental, we do our best to to explain the procedures and keep communications friendly. Feel free to ask us any questions about the root canal treatment. Your comfort is important to us.