Root Canal Therapy
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Many people suffer from toothache problems; such problems associated with teeth are similar for any person, though they are only distinguished by the magnitude of the effect. Root canal refers to repair and treatment of decayed, damaged, or infected teeth.
It involves removing the infected area of the tooth and disinfecting as well as cleansing the affected area. Infections are as a result of bacteria in the mouth, which may attack one or more teeth. The damaged area, also known as pulp, a soft tissue located in the tooth, is removed and then filling and sealing are done.
Signs of Infection
The infection signs may occur through the pains during the chewing of foods or drinks with either very high or low temperatures. When the infection spreads to the root canal, pain ceases for a while, but other signs erupt such as darker, which may be followed by swelling.
What to Expect During Root Canal Process
Root canal therapy is done to remove bacteria and to provide a lasting solution to the problem. In the past, patients had to make several visits to a dentist for root canal treatment. Fortunately, with the latest technology, patients undergo a single simplified process. If you are suffering from root canal problems, you will expect the dentist to take you through the following procedure.
Root Canal Process
• Problem Identification and Location - Naturally, when you visit a dentist, the first thing they enquire from you is brief information on your tooth condition. If the affection is severe, this will cause the dentist to take an x-ray scan of the affected area depending on your teeth condition. The scanning enables to locate the exact area with the problem.
• Injection of Anesthesia - The operation of removing a tooth can be painful; the injection is done to destabilize the functioning of close nerves to ensure that the patient doesn’t experience pain as the dentists do their work.
• Pulp Removal -The dentist first makes an opening to remove pulp. The removal is conducted using small drilling tools and small files to create the opening and to clean up the area respectively. In this process, antibacterial substances are applied to kill bacteria in the affected area. If such bacteria are not eliminated, the chances are that it may affect neighboring teeth.
• Filling - The next step done involves filling the space left by the removed pulp with a material known as gutta-percha. The opening is then closed temporarily and permanently after a few days using a cement-like material. After the process is over, chances of the same tooth aching are very minimal.
It's strongly recommended that you take good care of your teeth to prevent other teeth’s from developing such problems. After the root canal process, the healing process requires one to avoid eating hard foods that would interfere with the healing. You will also need to use pain relievers to ensure you don’t suffer from the temporary pain effects in the recovery process.