WHEN DO I NEED A ROOT CANAL?
A root canal is a necessary treatment when decay goes undetected for an extended period of time and has reached the pulp of the tooth. In some situations, the decay will reach into the root and the surrounding bone structure. This decay will be accompanied by extreme pain. A root canal is the dentist’s best option for preserving a natural tooth that has extensive decay. Some symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal include sensitivity to sweets, hyper-sensitivity to extreme temperatures, a painful sensation when biting, swelling of the gums or mouth, or a bad taste in your mouth.
Root canals are the best course of action if you want to save your tooth. The Dental Team wants you to keep as much of your original smile as possible. We recommend root canals as a means to save as much of your original tooth as possible.
WHAT IS A ROOT CANAL?
The dentist will clean out the decayed pulp that lies within the root of the tooth. After the infection has been cleared out and the whole area cleaned thoroughly, the dentist will fill the empty cavity of the tooth in order to prevent further infection. Often, he will complete a root canal with a core build-up and then cover the tooth with a crown. Recent advances in technology and training allows a skillful dentist to perform a root canal with minimal discomfort. While the root canal was seriously dreaded in years past, it has become a fairly routine procedure.
ROOT CANAL FACTS
The root canal recovery time is not long at all, and pain should subside within a day. Some patients still report some uncomfortable feelings for a few days, but this is not usual. If you are experiencing pain for more than 3 days after a root canal you should see your dentist as soon as possible.
The best foods to eat after root canal are soft and/or cold foods. Fruits, soft cereals, yogurts etc. Avoid hard foods.
You might be tired after a root canal and a nap is recommended. But avoid sleeping with gauze still in your mouth!
You don't have to be in pain any longer! Give Dental Team a call today!