What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is considered a restorative dental procedure. This procedure is done when the centre of the tooth (the pulp) becomes infected or inflamed.
The most common symptoms of the damaged pulp include pain in your tooth, swelling, and a sensation of heat in your gums. The surrounding area may also be sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.
Severe tooth pain can make eating or speaking a painful ordeal, not to mention lead to abscesses. That's why it's important to check with your dentist if you have these symptoms.
By performing a root canal, your dentist can relieve these symptoms and repair infection. In some cases, the procedure can save your tooth from needing to be extracted.
The Root Canal Procedure
You will typically need two appointments with your dentist for a root canal.
The dentist will create a tiny access hole in the top part of the tooth. Different files will be used to find the canals and sterilize the dead (necrotic) pulp tissue to rid the tooth of infection. A temporary filling is used to seal the top part of the tooth. Based on the extent of the infection, your dentist may provide you with antibiotics.
During your second appointment, the small access hole will be opened and your dentist will file and sterilize the tooth once more. The canals will be filled with special filling material to replace the nerve in your tooth. A permanent filling will then be used to fill the tooth.
The Benefits of a Root Canal
Do you have a toothache or other painful symptoms? If yes, your tooth may be infected. Your dentist can help relieve pain, prevent the infection from spreading, and help you avoid an extraction by performing a root canal.
Many patients who need to come in for a root canal at Seycove Dental are relieved to learn they should not experience much pain or discomfort following the procedure.
Plus, your tooth will be functional again, and you will likely be back to eating and smiling properly again within a short period of time.
If you are experiencing symptoms that could be caused by an infected tooth, contact our team at Seycove Dental today.