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Root Canal Treatment is an approach to preserve the teeth’ calcified tissues. Inflammation or infection to the pulp may cut off the blood supply to the tooth and the pulp may die. This causes an increase in the blood flow and pressure in the teeth which leads to severe pain and can be addressed by a Root Canal Treatment. The infection to the pulp may arise due to decay, injury, or gum disease. Some symptoms of pulp damage are:
1. Toothache while biting or chewing.
2. Swelling around the affected tooth.
3. Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold food.
4. Darkening of the tooth or discoloration.
Procedure for Endodontic Therapy
Injury or infection to the pulp of the tooth may need endodontic therapy. Modern, state-of-the-art machines have made a root canal procedure relatively painless contrary to the popular belief. During a root canal treatment, the dead pulp is removed with the help of flexible files, and the canals cleaned to prepare them for a filling. After the decayed or infected pulp is removed from the tooth, the cavity is filled with a biocompatible material to prevent further risk of a bacterial infection.
Why do you need Root Canal Treatment?
At For Your Smile Dental our general dentists will initially examine your tooth to assess the extent of damage to the nerve of the tooth. If they find the natural tooth can be restored, a root canal treatment is suggested. If you delay treatment, the infection can further spread, impacting your jawbone and weakening the structure of your natural tooth which may lead to tooth loss. Root canal treatment aims to preserve your natural tooth and restore its functionality.
Care after a Root Canal Treatment
Your tooth may be sensitive for a few days after the treatment. It is recommended to avoid sticky or sugary foods, brushing twice a day, flossing daily, avoid sugary or acidic foods, avoid smoking, and visit your dentist as per the recommended intervals. If you suffer from similar symptoms, please reach out to your dentist to know the treatment options available.