Root canal treatment is used to save a tooth that has decayed to a significant extent and is infected. The nerves and the soft area within the centre of the tooth, referred to as pulp, is inflamed and infected due to a variety of reasons including deep decay, repeated dental procedures, large fillings or cracked or chip in the tooth.
Root canal procedure involves removing nerve and the pulp and cleaning and sealing the tooth.
Most patients find root canal treatment to be a relief to the pain and discomfort they experience leading up to the dental appointment. Besides the pain other symptoms that a root canal may be needed are:
• Toothache pain that is severe particularly when chewing or applying any pressure.
• Sensitivity to heat or cold temperatures
• Discolouration of a tooth
• The gums surrounding the tooth appear to be swelling or tender
• A recurring pimple on the gums
You should expect that the pain you feel will be relieved once the procedure is done. The procedure usually is done over two appointments. Therefore, until the root canal procedure is completed, it is important to minimize chewing on the tooth under repair. Once the procedure is completed the tooth may feel sensitive due to inflammation from the procedure and the prior infection itself.
After the procedure, good oral hygiene - brushing and flossing regularly and regular dentist check-ups help to ensure a great smile.