You have probably heard of horror stories when patients get their root canal, often leading to nervousness when you hear your dentist say you need one! Fortunately, you won’t need to worry about getting a root canal because there is now new technology that can help lessen the pain and make the experience more bearable.
For those who aren’t familiar with what a root canal is and what it can do to benefit your oral health, read on as we explain the importance of root canal treatment and why one may need it.
Why You Need a Root Canal?
There are various reasons as to why one has damaged roots and/or a damaged pulp chamber. It can come from the following:
- Not caring for your teeth well, brushing less than twice a day and not flossing daily.
- Consuming too many sugary foods without proper caring of teeth.
- Having injured your face or jaw, which leads to root damage. These are usually sports-related injuries or having hard hits and falls.
That is why it’s crucial to stay careful and avoid any injuries, as well as to take care of your teeth through proper brushing and daily flossing.
The symptoms and signs you need a root canal would vary from patient to patient. While some people experience symptoms, some people don’t and would still need a root canal. Here are some of the common symptoms:
- Prolonged and/or spontaneous pain in the teeth
- Teeth sensitivity to hot and cold drinks or food
- Difficulty and pain from biting and chewing
- Swelling of your face
- Affected teeth begin to loosen up
- Your gums around the affected tooth begin to swell
- Pus oozes out from your affected tooth or around it
- Teeth begin to discolor
- Lymph nodes begin to feel tender
- Gum abscess
If you experience any of these symptoms, then it’s best that you see your dentist to get checked if you need a root canal as soon as possible.
The Process Of Having A Root Canal
To help you further understand what happens when you get a root canal, here is the basic process:
- The dentist confirms that your tooth is damaged and you need a root canal.
- The dentist creates an opening from your crown to access the pulp chamber, which is the middle of the affected tooth.
- The damaged pulp is then identified and removed. This is done because the damaged pulp doesn’t function well and only causes pain and discomfort. Once the damaged pulp is removed, the tooth is cleaned to avoid any infection.
- The inside of your tooth will be filled to avoid infection, protecting the tooth.
- To seal the tooth off from bacteria, the dentist will provide a temporary filling for the next treatment. But if it only takes one appointment, then this step is skipped.
- Once the temporary filling is removed (or skipped), the dentist will install a permanent crown and you are done with the process.
The Benefits Of Getting Root Canal
There are many benefits you can reap once you have had a much-needed root canal (as prescribed by the dentist).
For starters, you won’t experience any more pain. You also have fewer chances of any form of infection from the damaged pulp chamber and prevent any issues from coming up which can destroy your teeth. Your restored tooth from the treatment can last for the rest of your life and you’ll be able to enjoy hot and cold foods without worry. You also get to keep a natural smile because you still have all your teeth, away from any wear or strain!
Post-Root Canal Care and Retreatment
You will need to ensure that you take proper care of your teeth even after the root canal to prevent any infections or gum inflammation. Avoid chewing or biting using the treated tooth until it has been completely restored. Brush and floss daily and properly, and always visit your dentist when needed.
There are rare cases when the root canal does not work and the pain continues. Retreatment is needed when the root canal filling is taken out and your canal is cleaned again. Fortunately, this almost never happens. But if you do experience pain after treatment, don’t hesitate to see your dentist.
Wrapping It Up
A root canal doesn’t have to be so scary once you learn more about it and see why you need it. With modern technology, there is less pain and better results.
I hope that this article on root canal treatment helped you become more knowledgeable and erased your worries on the pain or surgery itself. So don’t wait any longer and check with dentist Burpengary to see if you may need such treatment today.
If you have any questions or would like to share your tips and experiences on getting a root canal, then comment down below. I would love to hear what you have to think.