With improvements in instruments and techniques, root canal therapy is no longer the procedure that was so dreaded in the past. Delaying necessary treatment, however, will lead to more problems, often associated with pain and swelling, and can lead to a serious infection.
While the procedure is typically relatively straightforward, it can be involved and take a couple of hours to complete. Many people will return to their regular work or school schedule after having a root canal procedure. Everyone is different, however.
Some people may be more comfortable spending the remainder of the day resting. Discuss recovery times with your dentist beforehand so you can make arrangements at work if necessary.
What is a Root Canal?
Essentially, this dental procedure involves removing the dying/infected tissue within the tooth and root canal system. This is followed by shaping and cleaning/disinfecting the inside of the pulp chamber and root canal(s). Filling material is then used to seal the system. Core material will be placed if necessary to reinforce the remaining tooth structure.
This will be followed by a crown that serves to protect the tooth so it can function normally. Your tooth can then be treated like the rest of your natural teeth. You will be able to chew food, and brush and floss and daily. And, as always, make sure you schedule regular maintenance visits with your dentist.
When do I need a Root Canal?
Anytime you experience pain or swelling in your tooth, there could be a concern as to the health and vitality of the nerve and blood supply of the tooth. Should this occur, a visit to your dentist is necessary in order to investigate any potential problem. If root canal treatment is necessary, a determination can be made at that time, and any necessary medications can be prescribed.
The only way to get rid of the pain or swelling is by removing the infected tissue. Are you experiencing significant pain in your tooth, even though it appears to be in good shape? Contact Creekside Dental today. We will evaluate the area of pain and recommend the best course of action.
Creekside Dental has been the dentist of choice for families in the greater Vancouver area for more than 25 years. We provide general dentistry, hygiene and periodontal services, and cosmetic dentistry. If you’re having pain or a particular dental problem, or if you just want to have an examination and cleaning, let us know. We look forward to hearing from you!