When do you need root canal treatment?
Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay repeated dental procedures on the tooth or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
Will I feel pain during or after the procedure?
Many endodontic procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by pulp inflammation or infection. With modern techniques and anaesthetics, most patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure. We ensure that our patients get a painless root canal treatment. For the first few days after the treatment, your tooth may feel little unusual or sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Follow your endodontist’s instructions carefully.
Precautions during and after a root canal therapy:
For the first few days following the completion of a root canal, the tooth may feel sensitive due to natural tissue inflammation, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. Most patients can return to their normal activities the next day. But until your root canal procedure is completely finished – that is to say, the permanent filling is in place and/or the crown is placed, it’s wise to minimize chewing on the tooth under repair. This step will help avoid recontamination of the interior of the tooth and may prevent a fragile tooth from breaking before the tooth can be fully restored. As far as oral health care is concerned, brushing and flossing can be done as usual. However, if you have severe pain or pressure or pain that lasts more than a few days, consult your endodontist.
Benefits of saving your natural tooth with root canal treatment
There are many clinical reasons for needing root canal treatment but there are also countless practical reasons why saving the natural tooth is a wise choice. Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile, eat the food you love and limits the need for ongoing dental work. Loss of your natural teeth may have many consequences and to replace the diseased tooth, will add up to your expenses. However, with proper care and cost-effective root canal treatment, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime.