Root canal treatment is a treatment that effectively cleans the innermost part of a tooth’s root. It can give you relief from pain and also save your tooth. Whenever you experience inflammation or infection in the tooth roots, you definitely need a root canal. The dentist carefully removes the soft center of the tooth, i.e., the pulp and cleans, disinfects and shapes the root canals, and places a filling to seal the space.
What are the common symptoms of a tooth infection?
The common symptoms of tooth infection, are as follows:
- You will have a throbbing toothache, which won’t subside even after 24 hours
- Sensitivity to hot or cold food or drinks
- Feeling pain or discomfort while chewing or biting
- Swollen face or lymph nodes in the neck
- Persisting bad breath and fever
How is a root canal procedure performed?
At first, the dentist numbs your tooth and surrounding tissues, using local anesthesia. A special rubber covering is used to separate the affected tooth. It will help in preventing any saliva from entering the inside of the tooth while undergoing the process, also protecting from swallowing any debris or materials accidentally.
The dentist then makes a small opening through the center of the tooth and removes the pulp or decay and any old filling materials too. The dentist covers the affected area with a topical antibiotic to make sure that the infection is completely gone, also preventing any reinfection. After thoroughly cleaning the tooth, it is sealed using a special calcium-based cement and inert gutta-percha material to prevent any future growth of the bacteria.
What if you delay the treatment?
If you choose to delay the treatment, the dental pulp will start breaking down, infecting the surrounding bone. The immune system will try to protect the tooth against this infection in the jaw bone. If you leave it untreated, you will have to go through pain, and swelling or an abscessed tooth will start developing over time.
What should you keep in mind after the root canal?
After a root canal, you need to keep in mind the following steps:
- Get a regular dental check-up
- Do not bite or chew from the affected area
- Consume only the prescribed medications
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