Root canals are very common. According to studies, this dental procedure is performed over 14 million times a year. The procedure is simple, effective, and considered a viable option to preserve your natural teeth without having to resort to dental implants.
At the center of every tooth is a collection of blood vessels that help build and maintain it, called pulp. If the pulp is infected, you may have to undergo a root canal. These infections can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks, among others. Some of the symptoms you may experience are swelling, sensitivity to temperature, or pain in the tooth and the surrounding gums.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time to schedule an appointment to have your tooth looked at immediately. Dental pain can be aggravating, but failure to act will only make it worse.
Read on to find out how to take care of your situation with lots of efficiency and the least amount of pain.
A root canal is a non-surgical procedure in which the diseased pulp and the nerve are removed, and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. To restore the tooth to full function, a crown is usually placed on it as a form of restoration.
The procedure may be carried out in as little as one visit and typically involves local anesthesia to eliminate any form of discomfort. If patients are anxious, laughing gas or other sedation methods can be made available during the procedure. You will be able to operate a vehicle after your procedure if need be. In a short amount of time, you should be able to return to your normal routine.
Why Are Root Canals Necessary?
The infected pulp at the root of the problem can be such that it seeps into your bloodstream. This may in turn cause further health complications that can be easily avoided. Furthermore, a tooth that is swollen and causes a great amount of pain is not operating properly. That’s why your dentist should examine you at once. Suffering through dental pain and risking other health problems is simply not worth the trouble.
After your root canal is completed, make sure to follow all the instructions put forth by your dentist. Keep an eye on any potential swelling and watch what you eat so as to not harm the sensitive area where the procedure was carried out.
Root canal treatment is only half the job to ensure your functional oral health gets back to normal. We’ll also restore the tooth to match its original shape and color.
While complications are rare, we are ready and willing to provide you with all the necessary aftercare and respond to any issues that may arise. As always, we are committed to offering you the best dental care available.
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