If the the pulp or soft tissue of a tooth becomes severely affected by decay or infection, then root canal therapy will be the best option to save the tooth. For root canal therapy, the endodontist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, debris, bacteria, and fills the space to restore the full function of the tooth.
Having a root canal means saving a tooth that is soon going to become necrotic or have to be extracted. Some people believe removing the affected tooth would be an apt solution, but it isn’t understood that a tooth extraction will actually bring more problems to the adjacent teeth and will cost more money. Root canal treatment is considered very successful and can last over a lifetime.
What are the signs and symptoms which show you need root canal therapy?
The following signs and symptoms show you need to undergo root canal therapy:
- An abscess on the gums
- Feeling sensitivity to hot and cold food
- Severe toothache
- Tenderness in the tissues of the gums
What are the reasons for root canal therapy?
You can go for root canal therapy for the reasons mentioned below:
- A tooth decay reaches the pulp of the tooth.
- Injury or trauma to the tooth.
- Infection or abscess develops inside the tooth or at the root tip.
What is involved in root canal therapy?
The endodontist numbs the tooth using local anesthesia. Then he creates access opening on top of the tooth to remove the pulp or soft tissue and bacteria and places a series of root canal files into the opening. After cleaning the tooth thoroughly, a filling is used to seal the portion.
How will you feel after the treatment?
After treatment, your tooth might still feel sensitive, which will subside over time as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth heals. You need to go for regular dental visits and follow the given care instructions. It is essential to have good oral hygiene practice to aid the life of your root canal therapy.
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