Basic Root Canal Information
Are you going to be getting a root canal soon? You may be worried and want to know more about the process. Here is some basic root canal information.
Basic Root Canal Information | Good Root Canal Candidates
A damaged tooth, with even a hairline crack, often allows bacteria to penetrate the pulp and infect the nerve of the tooth. So, almost any damaged tooth requires some form of advanced therapy to ensure sound tooth health. A patient who exhibits symptoms of these are not merely good candidates for root canals, but they likely require root canal treatment.
Basic Root Canal Information | Common Symptoms
Once infection sets in, many patients experience severe sensitivity to extreme temperatures. There may also be persistent swelling around the gum line. However, in other cases, the damage is not readily visible, and only a digital X-ray reveals the true nature and extent of the damage to a tooth.
If left untreated, a damaged tooth can cause major complications. Initially, the swelling spreads to other areas of the mouth, and eventually to the face and neck. Shortly thereafter, as the infection worsens, bone loss starts to set in around the nerve. In many cases, the resulting drainage seeps into the skin.
Basic Root Canal Information | What to Expect During A Root Canal Treatment
A root canal typically requires only one office visit. After a thorough evaluation, your endodontist will gently numb the area. Many patients describe the mild discomfort associated with this to that of a regular filling.
After clearing out bacteria and other debris, our root canal specialist seals the tooth to prevent further damage or decay. The inside of the tooth is sealed as well, to further fortify the area.
If further work is needed, such as cosmetic restoration, these procedures can be performed as well.
Basic Root Canal Information | After A Root Canal
Many patients are amazed at the difference between a damaged and a healthy tooth. The discomfort patients lived with before their root canal procedure dissipates almost immediately.
In those first few days after the procedure, over-the-counter pain relievers are normally more than enough to relieve any lingering discomfort. It is also a good idea to chew on the other side of one’s mouth in those first 72 to 96 hours.
If you want more basic root canal information, please call our Buffalo office today and we will answer any of your questions about the procedure.