Root Canal, also known as Endodontic treatment is done when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected. Root Canals are done so that the tooth can be saved by cleaning out the infection on the inside of the tooth. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp) and cleaning and disinfecting it, then filling and sealing it. An infected tooth can cause great pain and discomfort and needs to be treated immediately.
The common causes affecting the pulp:
- Cracked tooth
- Deep cavity
- Repeated dental treatments to the same tooth
- Trauma to the tooth
The dentist does this by cleaning out the infected pulp by extremely fine dental instruments. Once this is done, the canal is filled and sealed. There might be a requirement for a crown after the root canal to prevent the tooth from getting further damaged. With the right dental care and oral hygiene at home, your tooth and the filling will remain intact for a very long time. Some soreness or pain may be experienced for a few days after a root canal that can be taken care of with over the counter pain medication. However, if the pain or pressure, continues, make sure that you see your dentist for a follow up check up. Come in for a consultation and we can plan out the best treatment for your painful tooth.