If you are plagued with tooth pain and have lost your smile, a safe root canal treatment may well be the answer to your woes. Here is everything you need to know about the treatment.
A root canal is an endodontic treatment performed to rescue and repair an inflamed, infected or damaged area of the tooth, referred to as the pulp. The term root canal comes from the process which involves cleaning the damaged root canals deep inside the tooth. The pulp comprises not only blood vessels and nerves, but also tissues which can get damaged or infected in the course of everyday wear and tear. A root canal procedure consists of taking out the damaged pulp from the tooth after which the tooth is cleaned and infected. The last step involves filling the teeth and then sealing it up to prevent further decay and infection. A root canal treatment is the only way to save a tooth when the pulp, a living tissue residing deep within the tooth becomes dead due to infection or inflammation. If not removed in time with the help of a root canal treatment, it can allow the infection to spread even further to the bone around the tooth and further on. Root canal treatment helps to remove the infected pulp and save the tooth, thereby relieving you of tooth pain and ensuring your beautiful smile remains intact.
Root canal treatment is generally associated with pain and most people dread going in for endodontic treatment because of this very reason. In fact, the reverse is actually true. The pain they experience can actually be attributed to a tooth infection and root canal helps to get rid of the pain. The procedure itself does not cause any pain because local anesthesia is generally administered to numb the area of the tooth where the surgery is to be performed. You might experience some discomfort and swelling once the anesthesia wears off for which you will generally be recommended in some pain relieving medication. The swelling and discomfort subside soon enough leaving you feeling much better than before. Do remember to go for a follow up, if you experience tooth pain, lingering sensitivity to cold or heat, any inflammation or discoloration in the area around the tooth. Also, if you experience any sensitivity or tenderness while chewing your food or upon touching any part of the tooth area, do remember to go back for a consultation.
Sometimes a root canal might become necessary, even though you might not experience any pain or discomfort. The absence of symptoms does not mean that your pulp is not in need of treatment. Root canal is required in order to save a tooth with a damaged or infected pulp. The pulp can get damaged, infected or inflamed due to any number of reasons, the most common being cracking or bruising of the tooth, cavity multiple dental treatments or any other injury or trauma to the tooth.
Root canal treatment can be performed by a dentist; however, most dentists generally recommend patients to an endodontist for performing the procedure. Endodontists are specialists with advanced training in the diagnosis and management of tooth related pain and root canal procedures.
An X-ray is the first step towards determining whether root canal treatment is required. Once the extent of pulp damage is known and you are scheduled for a root canal, anesthesia will be administered to you before removing the damaged infected or inflamed. A thorough cleaning of the entire tooth and the root canal area will follow before shaping it, after which the area is filled and sealed to prevent infection. Once the inflammation has subsided and the tooth is on its way to recovery, the tooth will be crowned to make it functional once again. This will help to keep your smile intact and to ensure that you do not experience any difficulty even while eating solid food.
Do remember to take care of your restored tooth so that it is able to last for a long time and save you from undergoing costly tooth implant procedures. One of the best ways of ensuring your restored teeth has been able to last a long time is to follow good oral hygiene like brushing your teeth at least twice and flossing at least once on a daily basis.
Many people suffering from pulp decay assume that getting a root canal done is not really necessary since the tooth will anyway eventually need to be extracted. This is an entirely wrong assumption and can prove to be a costly one because you will eventually end up losing a tooth that could have been saved with root canal treatment. At Cumberland Dentistry you can have a safe root canal treatment in Monterey, resulting in restoring back your tooth and your smile.
Cumberland Dentistry offers tailored root canal treatment with its skilled and experienced team of dental hygienist who provides personalized approach to diagnose teeth with educating the patients on the Does and Don’ts for routine self-care initiatives to get a healthy oral life. To serve our patients better, we also provide cosmetic and family dentistry at the Monterey dental center. To know about our dental implant treatment, visit http://www.cumberlanddentistry.com/root-canal-treatment.html, Connect with us @ 250-4329 to solve your queries or to get an appointment http://www.cumberlanddentistry.com/request-an-appointment.html.