Endodontics is a branch of dentistry focusing on the tooth root and dental pulp. The root canal procedure is a very common form of endodontic therapy and it is responsible for saving the teeth of thousands of people. When an infection exists in the pulp, damage to the nerve inside the tooth may result. The root canal procedure can save the infected tooth from extraction.
Not all patients experiencing tooth root problems need root canal therapy. If it is determined that you do, the endodontist safely removes the infected pulp and replaces it with a special filling material that keeps the dental canal healthy and restores tooth function. A porcelain crown will be required to complete your root canal treatment.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
Some signs indicating that you may need a root canal is having an overly sensitive tooth to hot or cold foods or drinks, pain when you bite down or touch the tooth, or waking up at night with severe pain. Other signs are tooth pain, throbbing, or swollen gums. Coming in for an examination is the only way to know for certain if you need endodontic treatment.
Is root canal therapy painful?
Thanks to ongoing research and advanced endodontic techniques, today’s root canals are as effortless as a teeth cleaning. They are performed with minimal discomfort and only a short stay in the dentist’s chair.
If I get a root canal will it need special treatment?
You should not bite or chew on an endodontically treated tooth until the permanent crown has been installed. After that you just need to practice good oral hygiene like brushing, flossing, and getting regular checkups and cleanings.
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