In order to save a tooth from severe damage and decay, a root canal treatment must be performed. This is necessary when the root canal, which is full of pulp and nerves, becomes infected and/or inflamed. The symptoms for root canal issues is not always visible, but the biggest indicator of issues shows itself in the form of an abscess or pus-filled pocket located near the affected tooth.
To keep the roots of your teeth healthy, it is vital to practice proper oral hygiene. While we wish there was a magic trick to preventing damage to the roots, it really comes down to taking care of your teeth! You must brush twice a day, floss once a day and always visit your dentist as scheduled. Even with proper oral hygiene, plaque and tartar can begin to form. A cleaning by your dentist is the only way to remove this buildup. To try to slow the development of these teeth harming elements, avoid foods that are high in starch, sugar, and acid. Always rinse or brush after every meal as well.
During a root canal treatment, the crown of the tooth is removed, and the pulp and nerves inside the tooth are removed. Once removed, the inner part of the tooth is sanitized and sealed. This helps to keep the tooth alive and prevents the tooth from needing to be extracted. A custom-made crown is attached to the top of the tooth afterward to give stability and a cosmetic appeal.
With proper sedation, a root canal treatment is not painful, but there may be some soreness afterward. As long as your dentist’s specific aftercare directions are followed, the discomfort should subside fairly quickly.