Are you thinking about getting a root canal? If yes, you are not alone. Millions of patients are treated and healed each year by the common root canal, or root endodontic treatment. However, many people are afraid to undergo this treatment for fear of what will happen afterward. This article describes root canal therapy in detail. Hopefully, answering your questions will help you decide if this treatment is right for you.
The root canal can be described as the process where the tooth root is pulled out and the tooth is filled with a filling material. The material used to fill a tooth is called Gutta-percha, a plastic substance from a Malaysian tree called a percha tree effectively creates a permanent filling in root canals.
A crown made from ceramic or porcelain is then placed on top. The purpose of a crown is to protect the tooth and keep it from being damaged further by plaque, bacteria, and other dental diseases.
If your tooth is not healthy and is infected, the procedure may not be performed until the infection is under control. In this case, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics before performing the root canal procedure to get rid of any infected tissue or bacteria that may be inside your gums. When an infected tooth is involved, there is also a possibility that a secondary infection may occur due to the presence of the infected tooth root.
There are three common root canal procedures. One involves general anesthesia, while the other two involve local anesthesia. General anesthesia will allow you to sleep through the procedure, whereas local anesthesia may be a bit uncomfortable and can cause temporary numbness and tingling sensations. It is best to consult your dentist when deciding on which procedure is the best for you.
If your dentist decides that your tooth needs a root canal, he will then inject antibacterial medicine inside the tooth. The medication will kill any bacteria that may be left in your mouth. After this, the dentist will then take out the decayed pulp, the roots, and any remaining tissue. Next, the dentist will seal up the gum with a filling that is made to resemble your natural gum tissue.
It is important that you understand what root canal treatments involve so that you know what to expect during your appointment. You also need to know how to properly recover after the procedure so that you do not hurt yourself or make any mistake that will be a detriment to the quick and thorough recovery. Do not hesitate to ask your dentist any questions so that you can be fully aware of what he or she is doing. Your health should always be the number one priority. If necessary, a root canal can prevent painful and serious complications from inflammation, bacteria, and resulting infections. Please contact the office of Mohip Dental for an appointment or if you have any questions. As always, we are here to help.