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Everything you Must Know About Root Canal Therapy

When the nerve of your tooth becomes infected or the dental pulp or dentin is inflamed or infected, you may face severe pain and irritation. According to the Edmonton dentists, the best way to get rid of this pain and irritation is to undergo a root canal therapy. Root canal therapy is an easy way to get rid of the unbearable pain and restore your infected tooth. Here is everything you must know about the therapy.

Signs you Need Root Canal Treatment

You might need a root canal treatment if you face the following problems.:

  1. Prolonged and severe toothache

  2. Prolonged teeth sensitivity to heat or cold

  3. Discoloration of the tooth

  4. Tenderness in the lymph nodes

  5. Swelling and tenderness of gums around infected tooth

  6. Abscess on the gums

Process of Root Canal Therapy

  1. The endodontist or dentist examines your mouth and takes X-rays of the infected tooth.

  2. To protect your tooth from bacteria and saliva during the treatment, they place a small protective sheet called a “dental dam” around the tooth being treated.

  3. They then drill into the top of the tooth to reach the root canal system and the damaged pulp.

  4. Using very fine dental instruments, they remove the pulp from the pulp chamber and root canals and shape the space for filling.

  5. The dentist fills the root canal with a biocompatible material, usually, a rubber-like material called gutta-percha with the help of an adhesive cement.

  6. The opening of the tooth is then sealed with either a temporary or permanent filling.

  7. The temporary filling is removed before the tooth is restored. A ceramic or metal crown or cap is fitted on the tooth to restore your tooth.

Post Root Canal Care

The routine oral care regime and proper hygiene are important to keep your teeth healthy and prevent inflammation of gums and dental pulp or dentin. However, don’t eat, chew, or bite on the treated tooth until your tooth has been restored.

What is Root Canal Retreatment?

Generally, most tooth canal treatments are successful in the first attempt. However, in rare cases, a second root canal treatment is needed when the crown or fillings aren’t cemented correctly or if the pain persists. This second root canal treatment is called retreatment. During this process, the root canal filling material is taken out, and the canal is cleaned again, reshaped and refilled. However, such secondary treatment is quite unlikely.

If you are experiencing these painful symptoms, don’t ignore them. You might need a root canal therapy immediately or the symptoms may be a sign of another serious dental problem. The best way to understand your dental health is by visiting Edmonton dentists on a regular basis.