How do you know if you might need root canal therapy? There are several signs and symptoms to watch out for, including:
Severe Toothache: Persistent, throbbing pain in a tooth, especially when chewing or applying pressure.
Sensitivity to Temperature: Increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, which can linger even after the stimuli are removed.
Swelling and Tenderness: Swelling of the gums around the affected tooth and tenderness upon touch.
Darkening or Discoloration: Discoloration of the tooth, often appearing grayish or dark yellow.
Pimple on the Gums: The development of a pimple-like bump on the gum near the affected tooth, known as a dental abscess.
X-rays: To determine the extent of the infection, your dentist will take X-rays of the affected tooth.
Local Anesthesia: Before the procedure begins, the dentist will numb the affected area to ensure you feel no pain during the treatment.
Access Opening: A small access hole is created in the crown of the tooth to reach the infected pulp chamber.
Cleaning and Shaping: The infected or damaged pulp is carefully removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and shaped to prepare it for filling.
Filling and Sealing: The cleaned space is filled with a biocompatible material called gutta- percha, and the access opening is sealed with a temporary or permanent filling.
Restoration: In most cases, a tooth that has undergone a root canal will require a dental
crown to provide strength and protect it from further damage.
Pain Relief: Root canals are performed to alleviate the intense pain associated with infected
Save Your Tooth: Instead of extracting the tooth, root canal therapy allows you to keep your
natural tooth, preserving your smile and preventing the need for a dental implant or bridge.
Improved Oral Health: By removing the source of infection, root canal therapy helps prevent
the spread of bacteria and further dental issues.
Efficient Chewing: Restoring the tooth with a crown ensures you can chew and bite without
Natural Appearance: Dental crowns used in the procedure are designed to match the color
and shape of your natural teeth, ensuring a seamless smile.
Pain Management: Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage any discomfort after the anesthesia wears off. Your dentist may also prescribe pain medication if necessary.
Rest and Avoid Chewing: It’s essential to give your tooth time to heal, so avoid chewing on the treated tooth until your dentist gives you the green light.
Good Oral Hygiene: Maintain excellent oral hygiene by brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash regularly.
Follow-Up Appointments: Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments with your dentist to ensure the tooth is healing correctly.