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What Happens During Root Canal Treatment
Thanks to advancements in techniques, materials, and tools, root canal treatment no longer has the poor reputation it once had. In fact, it’s now a very common procedure. Not only that, but patients will find the experience much easier to deal with.
The treatment is given to those who want to save a tooth that has been damaged. It’s also used for treatment of teeth that have sustained inflammation or infection. Click here if you want to learn more about the anatomy of teeth.
Various factors can cause infection of pulp in teeth or inflammation, and this includes a tooth undergoing repeated dental procedures, deep decay or chips in the tooth that allow bacteria to get inside of it or food particles. If you do not treat this, then you may experience dental emergencies such as abscess tooth, loss of a tooth or pain. Some people may not even have any symptoms or feel symptoms, while others will feel pain, tooth discoloration, tenderness of the lymph nodes or they may experience prolonged sensitivity to either cold or heat.
Pain and swelling may be a major sign that you need to get help quickly. This is because you might have a true dental emergency on your hand. It is important to go to your dentist as soon as possible or go to the nearest urgent care center as soon as you can.
Here at Fusion Dental Care, we help our patients understand what a root canal is and the importance of having one done and sometimes we will refer our patients to an endodontist or a specialist that deals exclusively with root canals. This is usually only for special cases such as 3-4 rooted upper molars which require a specialist with a microscope to find all the small canals.
The procedure is usually done in two steps. The first thing that happens is the area being worked on will be treated, and then infected pulp or inflamed pulp will be removed. After that, the inside of your tooth will be cleaned and shaped.
The dentist may prescribe medicine so that the infection will heal quicker. Also, you may receive a temporary cap for your tooth or a temporary crown. Instructions will be provided to you, and this will include steering clear of hot or cold drinks and food. This will only be for a certain period of time.
Second, your dentist will seal the tooth, but after they clean it and if the area has healed and then the permanent crown will be put in place. This is to prevent decay from happening. After the tooth has healed, you should be able to eat and drink whatever you want. However, you do need to take proper care of your teeth because if you don’t, then the work that was done may not last for too long.
Root canal treatment can last for a very long time, but you do need to take proper care of your teeth. One of the things you can do is stick to an oral hygiene routine, which should include flossing and brushing. Don’t forget to see your dentist for checkups and cleanings. Do this every six months.
Many patients have gotten a lot of relief from pain and swelling after they’ve received their root canal treatment. However, the entire process does need to be completed, even if pain and swelling had gone down after the first part of treatment has been done. Make sure you stick with it, which includes receiving the permanent crown. Remember, temporary crowns have not been designed to be a permanent solution.
It’s important to make sure you are clear of infection, which is why you have to do the second step of the root canal. The tooth has to be clean and sealed because you don’t want food particles to get into the tooth, nor bacteria because this can cause more damage. The final step in the root canal treatment is the placement of the permanent crown, which will protect your tooth and prevent more damage from occurring. Going through the entire root canal process will save you money in the long run because you won’t have to worry much about dental emergencies from occurring in the future.
By now, you’re probably wondering how much does a root canal costs, and this depends on various factors. The extent of the damage and the tooth that is affected both play a role in costs. Your dentist will evaluate the damage and then they will give you an idea of how much it will cost.