A root canal is a dental treatment that involves removing an infected dental pulp, which is the soft center of the tooth. The pulp consists of nerves, arteries, blood vessels, and connective tissue that helps the roots of the teeth to grow during development. A root canal is usually performed by a general dentist or an endodontist.
When the pulp chamber gets infected or inflamed, it is called an abscessed tooth. It gets necessary to remove the infection, before leading it to the death of the tooth or other serious consequences.
What are the symptoms of a tooth infection?
The common symptoms of tooth infection, are as follows:
- Throbbing toothaches, which don’t get subsided after 24 hours
- Heightened sensitivity of tooth to hot or cold food or drinks
- Discomfort or pain while chewing or biting down
- Swelling of the face or lymph nodes in the neck
- Persistent fever and bad breath
What are the steps involved in root canal treatment?
For a root canal, you will be seated in a chair, placing a bib around the neck to protect clothes from stains.
- In the first step, a small amount of numbing medication is placed on the gum near the affected tooth by the dentist. As it starts making its effect, local anesthesia is given. You won’t feel pain during the whole procedure while staying awake.
- As the tooth stays numb, the dentist or endodontist makes a small opening in the top of the tooth. The dentist removes the infected or damaged pulp, using files.
- The dentist then covers the area with a topical antibiotic to make sure that the infection is completely gone, also preventing reinfection. Then the area is filled and sealed with gutta-percha, which is a rubber-like material acting as a sealer paste. Have the prescribed oral antibiotics as directed by the dentist.
- The procedure ends with a soft, temporary material filling, the small opening that was made earlier in the top of the tooth. It doesn’t let the canals to get damaged by saliva.
What are the things to be kept in mind after the root canal?
The things to be kept in my mind, after the root canal:
- Get regularly checked by the dentist.
- Avoid biting or chewing from the affected area.
- Take the medications as prescribed by the dentist.
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