Root Canal Therapy

A root canal form of therapy is what is needed when a tooth’s nerve is somehow affected by infection or decay, and this can be a very painful procedure because in order to save the tooth the pulp of the tooth must be removed completely and then the resulting space is filled with some type of special materials which then restores the tooth back to its original and full functioning capabilities.

Sometimes getting a root canal is something that is the patient’s choice in terms of just getting rid of a tooth that is about to die anyways, and this is because simply removing the tooth could have problems with that procedure that could affect other adjacent teeth in the mouth and make other problems occur.

But root canals are typically very successful dental procedures and the effects of a root canal can almost always last an entire lifetime, but every now and again a tooth will have to be treated again for some type of infection or something like that.

Signs/symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal therapy:

  • A pimple on your gums
  • Being very sensitive to hot and cold liquids
  • Severe toothache pains
  • Intense swelling and tenderness
  • No symptoms are possible

Reasons for getting a root canal therapy:

  • Severe tooth decay that reaches the pulp of the tooth
  • Infections that have developed inside a tooth or at root
  • Injury/trauma to a tooth

What does a root canal therapy involve?

A root canal procedure is something that could require one and sometimes more than one appointment from a dentist or endodontist and it typically is not the most pleasant dental procedure.

First the tooth is numbed and a sheet of rubber is placed around the tooth before an opening is created at the top of a tooth so a bunch of root canal files can be placed inside that opening. Slowly the nerve tissue and bacteria is extracted from the pulp of the tooth.

The tooth is then cleaned rather thoroughly and is then filled with a filling that is permanent, but maybe you will get a temporary filling if you need to have another appointment.

In the case of the next appointment, which usually will happen about a week or so later from the first appointment, the roots and inside cavity of the tooth are then filled with special dental materials before another filling is placed to cover the opening on the top of the tooth before a crown is placed on top of the tooth so that the tooth is then protected and can heal properly.

After your root canal treatment you may have a lot of sensitivity and the inflammation will eventually get better over time.