Root canal treatment is one of the most common dental procedures conducted by an endodontist. It is done to relieve a patient from dental pain, infection and inflammation of the root and pulp of the tooth. It plays an important role by saving the natural teeth and preventing need for dental extractions, dental implants, or bridges.
Sometimes it is not easy to detect a root canal problem, since some people do not show the symptoms. But one should consider undergoing the procedure if one experiences toothache when chewing food. If someone’s teeth are hypersensitive to cold and hot foods and drinks, they may need root canal treatment. if someone encounters swelling on the gums and discolouration of teeth, they might need a root canal procedure.
Most of the root canal treatment is performed under local anaesthesia to numb the tooth. After the tooth is numb, the endodontist will use a drill, to access the inside of the tooth by creating an opening in the top portion of the tooth. Next, the dentist will use small files to clear away the diseased pulp from the inside of the tooth. Files are also used to shape the inner chamber of the tooth and root and to irrigate the chamber with water to wash away any remaining pulp. After the chamber is completely cleaned and dried, the endodontist will fill it. Your dentist will close the opening in your tooth with a temporary filling, till the permanent crown is fixed.
It is quite normal to experience some soreness for a few days after a root-canal procedure, but it can be managed with over-the-counter medications. Then you will need to return to the dentist in a few weeks to receive a more permanent filling for the access hole. Root canal treatment is a highly successful procedure that can last for a lifetime. This treatment can also save you from the extra cost for other expensive treatments.