Even though no one ever wants to have to go through with it, a root canal procedure has some advantages over tooth extraction.
What exactly is a root canal?
The goal of root canal treatment is to preserve and restore a damaged tooth by removing infected pulp from the tooth’s inside. Pulp, soft tissue including nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue, is what is placed in the root canals of teeth. This pulp aids in root development, provides nutrition and allows the tooth to detect the temperature of food. Mature teeth can survive without root canal pulp because they can get enough nutrients and support from other oral tissues.
Multiple operations in the same location, decay (such as cavities), or a break in the tooth can all lead to an infected or inflamed pulp on the interior of a tooth. When this occurs, saving the tooth often necessitates a root canal procedure. Super Smile Dental has trained endodontists on staff that can do root canals in a single visit with little discomfort.
Who is eligible for root canal treatment?
Not everyone can have a tooth that needs a root canal saved, even though many individuals have this procedure done. Root canal treatment can be required in the following circumstances:
- Root canal therapy can be necessary if you have any of the following indicators of an infected or inflamed root canal: sensitivity to heat and cold, discomfort while chewing or biting, swollen, black, or diseased gums, or pimples on the gums. Get in touch with your dentist right once and inquire about having emergency root canal therapy.
- If you have any symptoms after getting a cracked or chipped tooth, it can be due to an infection or inflammation in the root canal. As a result, root canal therapy could be the best option here.
- When a tooth begins to display atypical colouration or darkening, particularly when that tooth has extra sensitivity to applied pressure or temperature changes, this suggests a problem with the root canal. Ask your dentist if a root canal treatment can help alleviate the situation.
Before prescribing a root canal operation, Super Smile Dental thoroughly assesses each patient’s unique situation. Even though root canal therapy is performed often, it is still a major operation that needs careful planning. You should see a dentist you have confidence in before deciding to get a root canal.
Root Canal Treatment: Its Advantages
In addition to its numerous advantages, root canal therapy is very effective (about a 95% success rate). Patients at Super Smile Dental see tremendous results after treatment, and the procedure has many additional advantages as well.
Effectively halts the spread of infection
If an infected tooth is not properly treated, the infection will spread to neighbouring teeth. By treating the infected pulp of the affected tooth, root canal therapy reduces the spread of infection to neighbouring teeth.
Helps teeth last longer without needing to be replaced
In contrast to certain alternative treatments for tooth decay, a root canal seeks to save the patient’s natural tooth rather than extract it.
Excellent visual appeal
Root canal treatment is the only endodontic procedure guaranteed to restore a tooth to its natural beauty. Root canal treatment can save your natural teeth, so your look won’t be compromised in any way.
Strengthens the body as a whole and is beneficial to health in general.
A tooth infection can have far-reaching effects on your health because of how important dental hygiene is to your entire well-being. Depending on the individual, root canal therapy has far-reaching positive effects beyond the mouth.
What to Anticipate with Root Canal Therapy
Local anaesthetic is used during a non-invasive process used to conduct endodontic therapy. Due to the local anaesthetic, patients remain awake and aware during the whole treatment, but do not experience any pain or discomfort in the treatment region. If you are feeling concerned about the procedure, please inquire about our additional sedative options that might help you relax throughout the procedure.
Root Canal After Care
Normal activities (such as work or school) can be resumed immediately after endodontic treatment, despite the numbness from the anaesthetic lasting anywhere from two to four hours. Some patients could feel pain or discomfort in the location of the treated tooth for up to a week following treatment as a result of sensitivity from tissue inflammation, which may occur as the anaesthetic wears off.
Avoid biting your tongue or face by waiting till the anaesthetic has worn off before eating. However, if the tooth has had time to heal and you feel comfortable, you can go back to chewing and eating normally. The professionals at Super Smile Oral, however, advise eating well to forestall more dental problems. It goes without saying that you should continue your regular oral hygiene routines before and after a root canal procedure.