Protect Your Teeth with a Root Canal Treatment
The aim of root canal treatment is to save teeth that have been infected or had a damaged pulp caused by trauma and bacterial infection. If you had a cavity that wasn’t treated properly or early enough, it can turn into an abscessed tooth. This is a painful infection that usually occurs at the root of the tooth or between the gum and the tooth.
The central part of all teeth is known as the pulp. This contains the nerves and blood vessels that keep the tooth alive. A root canal procedure involves removing this infected pulp tissue from the tooth’s canals using special instruments, medicating, and shaping these canals, then filling them with materials made specifically to prevent pain and infection from recurring.
Root canal treatments can take up to several visits to complete and duration of treatment depends on the severity of infection. After the procedure, the majority of teeth that have had root canal treatment will require a crown in order to prevent fracture and subsequent loss of the brittle tooth. Since a root canal treatment can involve removing a great deal of the tooth, these crowns will restore the tooth’s strength and functionality.
If a root canal treatment is not carried out, an infected tooth may require an extraction. It is important to consider saving teeth rather than extraction due to many other detrimental dental issues that can develop from missing teeth. Missing teeth can lead to unnecessary pain, bone loss, teeth shifting, cracking of the nearby teeth, and other issues.
What to Do After a Root Canal?
If you recently had a treatment performed, it is important to follow these tips:
After the anesthesia wears off, you will probably feel some pain which is typically a mild or moderate sensation. Over the counter pain medication is usually enough to cope, but your dentist may also prescribe you some stronger pain medication. If you are feeling extreme pain, be sure to contact your dentist’s office immediately. That way, it can be handled quickly with care.
Avoid chewing on the affected tooth right away. In fact, it is often best to eat soft foods for a couple days after the procedure. Many of our patients like soup, bananas, yogurt, smoothies, meal replacement drinks, mashed potatoes, gravy, rice, curry, and similar foods. Similarly, avoid any ice cold beverages as they might intensify the pain. Warm tea is a great alternative.
If you smoke, stop for at least 24 hours after the root canal. Smoking delays the healing process and can lead to complications. Similarly, avoid alcoholic beverages for this same time period to avoid any details on the healing process.
Contact our offices today if you are in need of a root canal treatment. Our experienced team of dentists and assistants will guide you through the entire process and help you recover. We are also available for a wide range of dental treatments.