A root canal is one of the most common dental services performed. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants. This treatment can become necessary due to extensive decay or trauma to the teeth. Having your root canal treatment completed sooner than later reduces the chances that you will experience a painful tooth flare up.
What Endodontics is
Root canal therapy refers to the process by which a dentist treats the inner aspects of a tooth. At the center of your tooth is pulp tissue. This pulp tissue is a collection of blood vessels and nerves which help to form the tooth during the stages of tooth development. When this tissue becomes unhealthy or infected, the injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy is may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required.
What to Expect after root canal treatment.
When your root canal has been completed, it is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications. For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications. However if a problem does occur, we are available.
Once endodontic treatment has been completed, your restorative dentist will decide what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth after the root canal procedure. Often a crown or some other type of permanent restoration will be placed. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.