Your dentist may have told you that you need a root canal. Read on to find out why it’s important to get this treatment as soon as possible. No good reason exists to put off getting a root canal. Still, a lot of people end up doing that because they are afraid of dentists or dental care. The thing is, a tooth that needs a root canal can’t be avoided. The damage or infection won’t go away on its own, and the pain will only get worse as time goes on.
Root canal therapy might not be able to save the tooth if you wait too long. If the infection spreads and threatens to get into other parts of the body, which can be life-threatening, the tooth may need to be pulled.
Root Canal Therapy Saves Teeth
Fear of dentists is one of the main reasons why people don’t get the dental care they need. People who have these kinds of fears usually don’t get the routine preventative treatments and repair procedures they need until their problem hurts too much to ignore.
When a tooth is badly broken or decayed, root canals are often suggested. They are also used to treat infections that are already there. As part of the treatment, soft tissues in the tooth’s pulp chamber are taken out. This gets rid of any bacteria.
The pulp chamber is the innermost part of a tooth, where nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues are located. It is sealed off from the rest of the tooth so that the soft tissues inside don’t get hurt by things in the mouth. But if there is a lot of decay or damage, this inner chamber can become open, leaving its contents open to infection. A root canal both stops the infection and treats it.
The Root Canal Process
The dentist starts root canal therapy by giving the patient a shot of a local anesthetic to numb the area that will be worked on. A dental drill is used to make a hole in the damaged tooth, and files are used to remove the soft tissue from the pulp chamber and clean it. The tooth is filled with medicine and then sealed with gutta-percha, which is a rubbery material. The tooth is then put back together with composite bonding or a crown.
After getting a root canal, there is no time to heal. Painkillers you can buy over the counter can be used to treat any pain you feel afterward, but most people don’t. After the procedure, the tooth might hurt for a few days, but the pain that made the patient rush to the dentist should be gone by then.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to questions that people may have about root canals:
Will it hurt after I get a root canal?
After getting a root canal, the area that was worked on might be sore for a few days. Some people also say that their jaw hurts after the procedure because they had to keep their mouth open. Most of the time, the pain from a root canal goes away in a few days. Most pain can be taken care of with over-the-counter painkillers. After a root canal, if you are in a lot of pain for more than a day, you may have a problem that needs to be fixed by a dentist.
How long does it take to do a root canal?
The time it takes to do root canal therapy on each tooth varies from 45 to 90 minutes. Some dentists do the whole thing in one visit, while others prefer to do it in two visits so they can clean the tooth being worked on twice.
What are some signs that a root canal is needed?
When a tooth’s pulp chamber is damaged or decayed, root canal therapy is usually suggested. It is also used to heal teeth that have gotten sick. Some signs that a person needs a root canal are:
- A tooth turning dark gray
- Pus pimples forming around the tooth
- An abscess
- Tender or inflamed gums near the affected tooth
- Severe toothaches that intensify over time
Root Canal Therapy Works
Root canal therapy can often save teeth that are badly broken or decayed. You can make an appointment with our dental team by calling us or coming to our clinic.
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