Root Canal Therapy - All You Need to Know
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root Canal Treatment also known as Endodontic therapy is the procedure by which a dead and infected nerve, or an inflammed nerve is removed from a tooth to alleviate pain and treat an infection.
What is inovled in a Root Canal?
To simply put it, a root canal is kind of like getting a filling done inside the roots of your tooth. If you have ever had a filling placed on the top part of your teeth to fix a cavity, a root canal is a similar procedure except inside the roots of your teeth. While this is an over-simplification - think of it like getting a filling done, but a longer appiontment is typically involved.
How do I need if I need a Root Canal?
This is quite simple - a root canal is most typically prescribed for the following reasons:
- an inflammed nerve - ie tooth hurts a lot, either to hot/cold, or all by itself
- infected tooth or an abscess- this can be diagnosed through a combination of x-rays, bite tests and symptoms you might be feeling
- cracked teeth
- deep cavities/fillings can eventually require root canal therapy as they can sometimes cause a nerve to die
- trauma to teeth
There are other reasons as well, however, the aforementioned are the most common.
How is the procedure done?
You are given local anaesthetic, and the nerve is accessed to be removed. The roots are then disinfected and cleaned. A filling is then placed into the tooth. Typically, this is all accomplished in one visit only.
Does the procedure hurt?
The root canal procedure is no different than getting a simple filling placed. At Scottsdale Dental, we use several diferent kinds of anaesthetics to numb the tooth. We also offer sedation to help your relax and ensure your comfort throughout the appointment.
What should I expect after a root canal?
Typically, a little bit of discomfort is to be expected for a few days after. You may be given antibiotics and/or pain medications to aid the healing process. Eventually, all symptoms should subside.
Do I need to get a crown or a cap after the root canal is done?
It is strongly advised that all back teeth that have root canal therapy performed be strenghtened with the use of a porcealin crown or cap.
What happens if I have an infected tooth and it is not treated?
Besides permanent loss of the tooth itself, the infection can damage adjacent teeth, and can spread into adjacent bone and tissue. It is not rare for tooth related infections to have turned into a major infection and have spread with potentially dangerous consequences to your health and well being.
Please not that the above questions are some ofthe most common questions only. If you have any further quetsions, or would like a second opinion as to whether you need a root canal or not, please contact us below.
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