Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is an essential dental procedure when tooth decay has reached the pulp, or innermost, layer of the tooth. Once the tooth’s pulp has become infected, the only way to save the tooth from loss is through root canal treatment which removes the decayed tissue from the pulp chamber and root canals. After root canal treatment is completed, a dental crown will be placed to further protect the tooth from further decay or damage.
Did You Know?
Although many people associate root canals with pain, the pain is actually from the infected pulp, not the root canal. In fact, root canals will actually relieve the pain and inflammation brought on by the infection.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need a root canal?
You may need a root canal if you have severe tooth decay that has reached the pulp, or innermost, layer of your tooth. While infected pulp can only be diagnosed by a dentist, possible signs you may need a root canal include tooth and chewing pain, tenderness, tooth sensitivity, and discoloration, swelling, or drainage around the tooth, lymph nodes, or gums. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rahoo Patel of Windsor Signature Smiles today!
What should I expect when having a root canal at Windsor Signature Smiles?
During a root canal, you will first be made comfortable with dental anesthetics and possible dental sedation. Dental anesthetics will prevent you from feeling any pain or discomfort, while dental sedation will keep you calm and relaxed during the procedure. Next, any decayed tissue will be removed from the inside of the pulp chamber and root canals. Once the decayed tissue has been removed, the remaining pulp chamber and root canals will be thoroughly cleaned and filled with a rubber-like substance called gutta-percha.
Your tooth will then be prepared for a dental crown by removing and reshaping some of its enamel. A dental impression will then be taken and sent to a dental lab to have a dental crown custom fabricated for your tooth. In the few weeks that it takes to fabricate your custom dental crown, you will wear a temporary dental crown to protect your tooth.
What type of post-treatment care is required after a root canal?
After your root canal, you will need to maintain a daily dental hygiene routine of brushing twice a day for two minutes using a fluoridated toothpaste, and flossing once a day. It is also important that you attend routine dental checkups and professional teeth cleanings at Windsor Signature Smiles every six months. While wearing the temporary dental crown, you will also need to avoid hard or sticky foods, and should chew on the side opposite from the temporary dental crown.
In the days that follow your root canal treatment, you may experience some residual pain and tooth sensitivity. The residual pain is from the general inflammation caused by the infection and the tooth sensitivity is from the dental crown preparation. Both should fade within a few days once the inflammation has decreased and your tooth adjusts.