Is A Root Canal Therapy an Effective Dental Treatment?
Inside the tooth is a canal or chamber that houses nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues which have a sensory function and help in dentin formation. Whenever the pulp gets infected due to decay or multiple dental procedures, they can get inflamed and cause pain. When left untreated, the infection advances to the surrounding tissue and gums causing abscess formation that further aggravates the problem.
A root canal therapy is the recommended treatment as it removes the infected nerves and tissues to preserve the teeth.
Before you visit our dentist in New York, here are a few facts about root canal therapy that you need to know about.
1. It is a mildly-invasive dental treatment
Most people have a phobia for root canal treatment because its taunted to be a painful procedure, but it’s not. Using modern techniques, our dental team will make the procedure pain-free and comfortable.
Root canal therapy is done in one or two dental visits and it involves a few steps:
· Dental examination
Our dentist will examine your dental health using modern equipment such as an x-ray. Next, they will administer local anesthesia and apply a protective sheet to keep the tooth dry and saliva free during the procedure.
· Pulp cleaning
Using small instruments, the dentist will clean the canal of decay and infection and shape it for a dental filling.
· Root canal filling
The canal will be filled with a rubber-like material to protect it from further damage.
A follow-up appointment is set for fixing the permanent crown to restore the functionality of the tooth.
If you have enough structure to hold the crown in place, the dentist may fix an implant to support it.
2. They preserve your natural teeth
Tooth decay can affect your gums and eventually cause loss of your teeth (which is permanent). A root canal treatment helps to preserve your tooth and prevents a tooth extraction. Although your teeth will be dead after the root canal treatment, they will still be intact.
Tooth extraction affects your dental structure. Moreover, it will lead to the permanent loss of teeth, creating the need for dental implants (an invasive treatment) that is expensive.
3. Yes, there will be complications
A root canal treatment is safe. However, several factors can arise that might make the procedure more complicated such as:
- Multiple root canals infections. Your teeth might have more than one root canals which are hard to find. If the dentist fails to remove one of the infected canals the infection and decay may spread to the surrounding tissue and weaken the teeth.
- The dental seal can erode and once it’s affected, bacteria can grow into the root. This may lead to a re-infection and can cause decay to reoccur.
- Over or underfilling of the root canal can affect the success of the treatment
- Tooth discoloration. After the treatment, the teeth may have internal bleeding which causes the teeth to turn yellow or darken. When this happens the dentist may recommend teeth whitening procedure to remove the stains
4. There will be pain after the root canal treatment
Although during the treatment you will not have any pain, expect a little discomfort after the anesthesia wears off.
For the first few days, you will experience tooth sensitivity, but you can relieve the pain with prescription pain relievers.
5. The teeth may require special care
It is crucial to protect your unrestored tooth as they are prone to fracture. So, avoid chewing or biting on the tooth until the crown is fixed, and continue with your regular dental hygiene practices.
Additionally, after the root canal treatment eat only soft foods that require less chewing. Plus, avoid hot or hard foods that may irritate the gums and prolong the healing process.
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If you are looking for root canal therapy, contact our dentist in New York for dental assessment and a discussion if the root canal treatment is ideal for you.