Root canal treatment (also called Endodontics) is needed when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected through tooth decay or damaged by an injury to your mouth. This infection may spread through the root canal system, which could eventually lead to an abscess, causing a great deal of discomfort. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the tooth may need to be taken out.
This treatment may be also necessary prior to crowning a tooth. Root canal treatment involves the removal of the pulp tissue of a tooth when it becomes irreversibly inflamed or infected.
Debris within the canals is removed and the canals are cleaned and disinfected prior to being filled and sealed with a root filling. The tooth is then restored back to its full shape and function with a permanent filling or a crown.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does it feel like to have root canal treatment?
However, the pain they feel is caused by an infection in the tooth, not by root canal treatment. A root canal is done to eliminate that pain. The root canal procedure itself is painless. A local anesthetic numbs the tooth and the surrounding area.
How long does it take to recover from root canal?
How Long Does a Root Canal Take to Heal? Most people assume that a recently-treated tooth is going to take weeks or months to heal. The fact is that most people don't feel pain or notice any difference in how they feel 48 to 72 hours later, though some teeth may take longer.
Can I eat after root canal?
Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your root canal treatment has been completed. However, if you have severe pain or pressure that lasts more than a few days, contact your endodontist. Do not eat anything until the numbness in your mouth wears off.