Root canal therapy also referred to as endodontics, is a specialized procedure planned to address the diseased soft pulp tissue inside the tooth. Most people have preconceived notions about root canal therapy being a painful treatment. However, the process causes minimal discomfort and is one of the most effective ways of relieving tooth pain and salvaging an infected tooth.
What Is a Root Canal Treatment?
A root canal treatment becomes necessary when infection develops in the tooth's dental pulp. The pulp tissue consists of connective tissue, nerve cells, and blood vessels, and when it gets infected, you may feel intense pain. Without prompt treatment, the infection can cause a dental abscess and may even lead to general problems in other parts of the body.
Symptoms of Root Canal Problems
If you feel constant and severe pain in your mouth or noticeable swelling and extreme sensitivity in your gums, it becomes imperative to seek professional help. The other symptom of pulp tissue impairment is intense pain when biting down on food. Persistent pain while consuming hot or cold foods is also a sign of potential trouble. If you face any of these symptoms, you need to have a dental exam at the earliest.
What to Expect During Root Canal Therapy?
An anesthetic injection is administered to numb the tooth and the surrounding area to start the root canal treatment. Next, a small hole is made on the surface of the affected tooth to gain access to the pulp chamber and root canals. Special dental tools eliminate the diseased and dead pulp tissue from the core of these narrow passages. The pulp chamber and empty root canals are then meticulously cleaned, disinfected, and prepared to receive a filling of medicated biocompatible substance. Finally, dental cement is utilized to cover the hole in the tooth to prevent future infection.
Following the root canal process, your tooth may feel some sensitivity or tenderness for a few days. Pain relievers are generally helpful in relieving discomfort, and if needed, antibiotics are also prescribed. During the healing period, it is recommended that you avoid biting hard on the affected tooth. However, all of this discomfort will reduce in a couple of days.
To further safeguard the tooth and restore it to full function, it is usually advised to have a restorative appliance such as a dental crown placed on it. The crown can be fabricated from porcelain material and matched with the shade of your existing natural teeth.
To learn more about our endodontics treatments, visit our office, Down To Earth Dental, at 1407 W. 29th Street Pueblo, CO 81008. You can also reach Dentist Pueblo, CO at 719-546-0404 and schedule an appointment.