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What to expect from a root canal procedure?

A root canal treatment is a dental procedure that is performed when the inner part of a tooth, known as the pulp, becomes infected or inflamed. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue that help keep the tooth alive. When it becomes damaged, it can cause severe pain, swelling, and can even spread to other parts of the body.

There are many reasons why a root canal treatment may be necessary, including:

  • Decay or cavities: When a tooth is not properly cared for, it can develop decay and cavities. Over time, the decay can spread to the inner part of the tooth, causing the pulp to become infected.
  • Trauma: A traumatic injury to a tooth, such as a fracture or a blow, can also damage the pulp.
  • Deep Fillings: Large fillings or multiple fillings over time can weaken the tooth, allowing bacteria to penetrate the pulp and cause an infection.
  • Abscesses: An abscess is a painful pocket of pus that can develop when the pulp becomes infected. If left untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body and cause serious health problems.

A root canal treatment is the only way to save a tooth that has a damaged or infected pulp. During the procedure, the dentist removes the damaged pulp, cleans the inside of the tooth, and seals it to prevent reinfection. If the pulp is not removed, the infection can spread, causing more damage to the tooth and potentially leading to tooth loss.

Here’s what you can expect from a root canal procedure:

  • Dentures are a less invasive and less expensive option than dental implants.
  • They can be easily removed and cleaned, making them convenient for patients.
  • Dentures are typically ready to use in a matter of weeks, making them a quick solution for missing teeth.

Disadvantages of Dentures

  • Consultation: Before the procedure, your dentist will assess the damage to your tooth and explain the steps involved in the root canal procedure.
  • Anaesthesia: Your dentist will numb the area around the tooth with a local anaesthetic to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure.
  • Cleansing the pulp: The damaged or infected pulp will be removed and the inside of the tooth will be cleaned and disinfected.
  • Filling and sealing the tooth: After the pulp has been removed, the inside of the tooth will be filled with a special material called gutta-percha to prevent future infection. The opening will then be sealed with a temporary filling.
  • Restoration: Once the root canal procedure is complete, your dentist will place a permanent filling or crown over the tooth to protect it and restore it to its normal function.
  • Aftercare: You may experience some discomfort or sensitivity after the procedure, but this should subside within a few days. You will be given specific instructions on how to care for your tooth and what to expect during the healing process.

A root canal procedure is a relatively straightforward and effective way to save a damaged or infected tooth. With proper care and attention, your restored tooth can last a lifetime. If you are experiencing tooth pain or have a damaged or infected tooth, consult with your dentist to determine if a root canal procedure is right for you.

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