Root canals, also referred to as Endodontic treatments, are very common procedures but nonetheless, they can still be serious. Taking this procedure can relieve large amounts of pain and ensure proper functioning. It also removes pressure from the surrounding teeth.
Do you need a Root Canal?
If you notice sensitivity in your teeth when you consume Hot or Cold foods and beverages then it might be a good idea to visit your dentist and inquire about root canal treatment. The sensitivity is a good indicator that your teeth might be damaged and that damaging bacteria is flowing inwards.
What is the Procedure?
Root canal treatment involves the removal of pulp that is inside the damaged or infected (could be both) tooth. The pulp is a tissue that holds blood vessels and nerves which are necessary for growth while your teeth develop. Fully grown teeth don’t need the pulp anymore so it is safe to remove it if necessary. After the pulp is removed, the canals are left empty and need to be restored by filling them back up. The filling is necessary in order to prevent future infections. You may be given a temporary or a permanent filling. The procedure should take anywhere from one to two hours, depending on the type of tooth.
How painful is it?
Thanks to anesthesia, you won’t feel much pain during the procedure. However, you can expect to feel soreness afterwards which might leave you slightly uncomfortable for a few days. You may also feel numbness for a few hours after the procedure, it is recommended that you do not eat until the numbness is totally gone. If you are looking to avoid having this procedure, then the solution is very simple. As with most dental issues, practicing good oral and dental hygiene will protect you from having these procedures for the most part.
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