When the inner pulp of a tooth is infected, it’s necessary to completely remove the pulp from the inside of the tooth. This process is called a root canal. After it’s removed, it’s then cleaned and sealed. Here is everything you need to know about a root canal procedure.
A root canal treatment is a process of removing damaged pulp tissue from the roots of a tooth. This treatment is performed when the tooth’s pulp becomes inflamed or infected. This can happen when the tooth develops a cavity or a crack.
Root canal treatment is designed to treat a severely infected tooth. The treatment involves removing the infected pulp from the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the tooth, and sealing it with a dental crown or filling.
Root canal treatment is recommended when a tooth is infected, decayed, or severely fractured. Sometimes, a root canal treatment is required after a large filling due to new decay.
A root canal treatment can save a severely infected tooth and prevent the necessity of tooth extraction.
Root canal treatment is an excellent solution for patients who need to save or restore their damaged teeth. The procedure is safe and effective, and patients can walk out with a vastly improved smile.
Here are some of the benefits you can expect from root canal treatment:
By trusting an expert dentist with root canal treatment, you’ll be able to enjoy all of these benefits and more.
During your first visit, your endodontist will numb the area being treated. For moderate to severe pain, your endodontist may administer a local anesthetic, such as Novocain, to keep you comfortable. Your endodontist then removes all infected tissue from the affected tooth. Next, your endodontist fills and seals the tooth. Finally, your endodontist may place a filling in your tooth, depending on the severity of the infection. You may need to return to your dentist’s office to have a new crown, or other restoration put over the tooth to protect it and restore full function.
Your tooth may feel sensitive for the first few days after treatment, but this is normal. If the pain persists for more than a few days, you should call your dentist.
After your root canal, avoid chewing or biting on hard foods for a few days. Stick to soft foods that won’t irritate the area, such as oatmeal, soup, and mashed potatoes. You should brush and floss normally, but just be careful around the affected area.
To prevent a root canal infection, you have to maintain good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day and using mouthwash can help your mouth stay free of harmful bacteria. Be careful when you eat sugary foods, as they can cause tooth decay.
Contact ELAN Dentistry for the best dental care. To book an appointment, call (714) 364-8181 or visit us at 1030 West Imperial Hwy, La Habra, CA 90631.