A root canal is a dental procedure that repairs a decayed or infected tooth. The dentist will remove the infected pulp, clean the tooth, and fill it during the process. A root canal is safe and painless. It’s one of the most effective dental treatments available.
What causes root canal infection?
An infection in the tooth pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, untreated tooth decay, a crack or chip in the tooth, or repeated dental procedures on the tooth. Symptoms of the infection can include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness of the tooth, swelling, or a bad taste in the mouth.
What are the symptoms of root canal infection?
The most common symptoms of root canal infection are:
- tooth discoloration
- gum tenderness
- tooth mobility
- tenderness on chewing
What are the benefits of root canal treatment?
A root canal can be an excellent way to save a severely damaged tooth. Endodontic treatment involves removing damaged tissue within the tooth and sealing the area to prevent further damage. Root canal therapy can be performed by a general dentist, endodontic specialist, or oral surgeon.
What is the procedure of root canal treatment?
Root canal therapy takes one or two appointments. The first appointment is when the tooth is anesthetized and cleaned out. If the tooth is infected, we may prescribe an antibiotic to treat the infection. Once the tooth is prepped, we will place a temporary filling. The second appointment is when the tooth is permanently sealed.
Once the tooth is prepped, it will be sent to a dental lab, where a permanent crown will be made. We will place a temporary crown over your tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready.
Your dentist will provide you with a detailed list of instructions to follow after your procedure. These will be unique to you and your mouth, but you can expect the following:
• Limit physical activity for at least 24 hours
• Avoid touching or playing with the affected tooth
• Take over-the-counter pain relief medication as needed
• Consume soft foods for several days
The Dental Centre, located in Austin, is equipped with expert dentists and modern amenities. Call us at (512) 892-7800 and schedule an appointment with the dentist to know more about root canal therapy.