Since we were kids, we’ve always been told to make it a habit to clean our teeth daily. But we can’t do everything on our own. A regular visit to the dentist is part of taking care of your teeth. The main reason we go to the dentist is to get a deep cleaning, which includes getting rid of tartar and stains on our teeth and under our gums. 

Professional help is the only way to make sure our teeth are in good shape since there are times when brushing or using mouthwash won’t do the trick.

We know dental caries and infections can be very bad; hence, we will talk about Root Canal Treatment today. You are welcome to read about its signs, treatment, and risks.

What is the treatment for a root canal?

Root canal treatment is a dental procedure that removes bacteria and dead or decaying nerve tissue inside a tooth. This dental procedure aims to “save” an infected or “dead” tooth so that it can be used again and doesn’t hurt.

An endodontist is a specialist in the field of dentistry who does this kind of dental work.

Causes

These things lead to root canal treatment:

  • untreated caries
  • Teeth that have been worked on more than once
  • gum disease
  • Teeth that are chipped, broken, or have had a major repair in the past.
  • Alveolar abscesses, periapical granulomas, or periapical cysts.
  • Because of prosthetics

Symptoms

Most of the time, a tooth that hurts a lot is a sign that you might need root canal treatment. The pain can be mild or very bad. It can get better or worse over the course of the day, or it may only hurt when you bite down on the tooth. Some patients can’t handle hot foods or drinks for a long time. Around the problem area, your gums may also be soft and swollen. Teeth that have lost their colour are another sign.

You might need a root canal treatment when you see any of the following symptoms:

  • When you eat or chew, your teeth hurt.
  • Teeth that hurt
  • Soft or swollen gums
  • Teeth are losing their colour.

How do you do a root canal?

The steps a dentist must take to perform root canal treatment aren’t too different from the steps he or she takes to fix a tooth in any other way. Endodontists are dentists who specialize in problems with the pulp and nerves of teeth. They will be with you during the procedure. We’ll leave you with a list of steps, so you know how to do root canal treatment right:

  • Bone scan
  • Anaesthesia and getting ready
  • Take out the heart and nerves
  • Cleaning
  • Closing
  • Dental piece repair

What happens after having a root canal?

After undergoing the root canal dental procedure, it is important that you achieve a correct restoration of the dental piece. To restore is to repair the piece. This dental repair can be:

  • plastic (with composite and halogen light)
  • rigid, which is what we call prosthetic restoration, the post and crown.

It is not mandatory to perform a post and crown afterwards. This will depend on the dental remnant (what remains of the dental crown after its internal cleaning).

You should know that a piece with root canal treatment is a weak piece and that it should not be given a lot of chewing load.

Don’t let this make you scared!

Root canals relieve more pain than they cause, so you shouldn’t be afraid if your dentist says you need one.

We’re here for that! Primary dental has many experts who are trained and skilled in this dental procedure. Talk to us now!