Root canal treatment is a dental procedure that is performed to remove infected or damaged pulp tissue from inside a tooth. The pulp is the soft tissue that contains nerves and blood vessels, and it can become infected or damaged due to decay, trauma, or other factors. Here are the answers to some common questions about root canal treatment.
What exactly happens in a root canal?
During a root canal, the dentist or endodontist will remove the infected or damaged pulp tissue from the tooth. They will make a small hole in the top of the tooth and use special instruments to remove the pulp from the root canals (the small, thin channels that run from the pulp chamber to the tip of the tooth’s root). After the canals have been cleaned and shaped, they will be filled with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Finally, the tooth will be restored with a filling or crown.
Is it painful to have a root canal?
Many people are afraid of root canals because they think they will be very painful, but this is not usually the case. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel any pain. Some people may experience mild discomfort or sensitivity for a few days after the procedure, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
What causes you to need a root canal?
Root canals are typically needed when the pulp inside a tooth becomes infected or damaged. This can be caused by deep decay, a cracked or broken tooth, repeated dental procedures on the same tooth, or trauma to the tooth.
How long do root canals last?
With proper care, a root canal can last for many years, even a lifetime. However, it’s important to remember that the tooth is still susceptible to decay and gum disease, so good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups are essential.
Why do root canals take 2 visits?
In some cases, a root canal can be completed in one visit, but in most cases, it will take two or more visits. This is because the tooth may need to be left open to drain for a few days after the pulp has been removed. Additionally, the dentist may need to take time to ensure that all of the infected tissue has been removed before filling the canals.
Is a root canal a surgery?
A root canal is not considered surgery, but it is a complex dental procedure that requires specialized training and equipment. The dentist or endodontist who performs the procedure will carefully remove the infected or damaged pulp tissue from the tooth to save it from extraction.
What is an alternative to root canal?
If a tooth cannot be saved with a root canal, the only alternative may be extraction. However, in some cases, a procedure called pulp capping may be performed as an alternative to root canal treatment. This involves placing a medication directly on the exposed pulp to stimulate the growth of new tissue and protect the tooth.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
Some common signs that you may need a root canal include severe toothache, sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling or tenderness in the gums, and discoloration of the tooth. However, only a dental professional can determine if a root canal is necessary.