What is a root canal?
A root canal treats the pulp of a tooth (the soft material found in the center of the tooth consisting of nerve, connective tissue, and blood vessels) that has become infected or dead. Also known as endodontic treatment or root canal treatment, a root canal is the process of removing the infected or damaged pulp and is a very common practice in today’s society.
Why do I need a root canal?
Root canals are necessary to help lower the amount of pain that goes along with having infected pulp inside a tooth. A tooth may become extremely sensitive to hot and cold foods and will cause a patient to suffer from extreme pain whenever they chew. Root canal therapy is also necessary to help prevent a tooth from becoming abscessed. An abscess is formed when a tooth’s pulp dies and forms a pus pocket around the root. If left untreated, this pus will continue to grow and may even infect the bone that surrounds the root of the tooth.
Does a root canal hurt?
Contrary to popular belief, endodontic treatment is similar to any regular dental procedure. Thanks to today’s technology, a root canal treatment is almost completely painless except for some mild discomfort. Before the root canal begins, the dentist will apply a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and ensure the patients comfort throughout the entire procedure.
What happens after a root canal?
A few days after the root canal procedure, the tooth may be sensitive or uncomfortable and can be taken care of with some over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen or naproxen. It’s extremely important to brush and floss as normal and keep up-to-date with dentist visits to ensure the tooth is properly recovering.
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