One of the most feared dental procedures is the root canal. When many people hear their dentist say that they need a root canal, they cringe. When hearing that you need that you need a root canal, you should understand what to expect. After doing this research, you will see that it is not as scary as you may think.
WHAT DOES A ROOT CANAL DO?
A root canal is done when a patient has a tooth that is very seriously decayed. In most cases, a root canal is the only way that the tooth can be saved.
SIGNS THAT YOU MAY NEED A ROOT CANAL
If you require a root canal, there are a few symptoms that you will experience.
- Severe toothache when you chew or clench your jaw
- Sensitivity when eating very hot or cold foods
- Discoloration of the tooth
- Tenderness in the gums
- Persistent pimple, or one that reoccurs
- In some cases, there may be no symptoms at all
THE ROOT CANAL PROCESS
The root canal process begins when a patient visits the dentist for either a regular checkup or if they are having a problem. An x-ray will let the dentist see the shape of the root canals, and if there is any infection in the bone. Although the nerve in the tooth is dead, and should have no feeling, the dentist will still use anesthesia in the area in order to put the patient at ease.
Once the patient is numb, the dentist will drill an access hole in the affected tooth. This hole allows him to remove all of the decayed tissue. Removing this decayed tissue is important because if it is left in the tooth, bacteria can multiply. When this happens, an abscess can occur. These abscesses are sacks which are filled with pus which form at the end of the damaged tooth. Untreated abscesses can spread to other areas of the body, causing serious complications. The dentist will also remove the pulp from the root, along with any bacteria in the pulp, and any other debris. When the dentist removes these things from the tooth, a root canal file is used to scrape it out. When everything has been removed, the dentist will use water to wash away any remaining debris.
When everything has been removed from the tooth and root, the dentist will seal up the hole. If the dentist sees any signs of infection, he will fill the hole with medication, and seal it with a temporary filling until the infection has cleared up. Once it has, a permanent filler will be used to seal up the hole.After the tooth is sealed, the dentist will often place a crown over the decayed or damaged tooth.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU NEED A ROOT CANAL
If you are having problems where you believe that you need a root canal, you should contact Dr. Mher Grigoryan. We will provide quality dental care, which can essentially save your tooth or teeth.