Root Canal Therapy
Your teeth are securely anchored into your jawbone by ‘roots.’ Within each tooth resides a combination of blood vessels and nerves known as pulp, situated in a space called the pulp chamber that extends down into the roots of the tooth. The pulp chamber within the root is referred to as the root canal.
Why is root canal treatment necessary?
When a tooth is damaged, bacteria can infiltrate it, leading to irritation, pain, and swelling. If the infection reaches the pulp inside the tooth, it can spread into the pulp within the root canal.
The purpose of root canal treatment is to salvage the tooth by eliminating the damaged pulp and addressing the infection.
Root canal treatment may be required for various reasons, including:
- Severe tooth decay
- Repeated dental procedures on the tooth
- A cracked tooth
- A broken crown
- Cracked or loose fillings
- Gum disease
- Injury, such as a blow to your mouth
Neglecting the infection can result in its spread, leading to an abscess—a painful collection of pus causing tenderness and swelling around the affected tooth and jaw.
In some instances, a tooth may appear darker in color than others, indicating that the nerve inside is either dead or dying.
What are the alternatives to root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is used to save teeth, allowing you to keep a healthy, natural smile. The alternative to root canal is to remove the tooth completely, as the infection won’t heal on its own.
Your dentist will always try and save your natural tooth where they can, but they may suggest you have the tooth removed if it’s badly damaged or if you have severe gum disease, which prevents your tooth from healing after treatment.
How long is the recovery period after undergoing root canal treatment?
Following local anesthesia, it may take several hours for sensation to return to your jaw and face. Be cautious not to bump or knock the treated area. Over-the-counter pain relievers like paracetamol and ibuprofen can be taken once the anesthesia wears off and for the next couple of days to alleviate any discomfort. Typically, you can return to work after the procedure.
Expect some minor tenderness around the treated area, but this usually lasts only a short time. Swelling and bruising around the tooth may occur, improving within two weeks of the treatment.
The frequency of follow-up visits with your dentist depends on the specifics of your treatment and its progression. Further X-rays and check-ups may be recommended to ensure the tooth is healing properly.
After the treatment, diligent care for the repaired tooth is essential.
What will the appearance of my tooth be post-treatment?
Traditionally, root canal treatment was associated with tooth darkening, but modern techniques allow dentists to preserve the natural appearance of the tooth. If you have concerns about the aesthetics, your dentist can address them to provide reassurance.
Are there potential complications?
While most root canal treatments are successful, occasional complications may arise, including:
- Damage to the root canal or surrounding tissue
- Damage to the nerves around the tooth
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