Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.
Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.
Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime although, on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.
Signs and Symptoms for Possible Root Canal Therapy:
An abscess (or pimple) on the gums, sensitivity to hot and cold, severe toothache pain, sometimes no symptoms are present, or swelling and/or tenderness.
It is best to refrain from eating for at least 2 hours and until the anesthesia has worn off to prevent possible injury to your soft tissue. This will also allow the temporary restorative material to harden.
You will most likely feel soreness in the area, as well as pressure, when you bite down. For this reason, you should avoid hard and chewy foods. Do not eat on the treated side of your mouth for at least 24 hours. The soreness should decrease within a week.
Take any antibiotic medication prescribed to you by the doctor, as this will eliminate any remaining infection in the tooth.
If You Note Any of the Following Symptoms, Please Contact Our Office:
Increasing tenderness or swelling in the area surrounding the tooth, a reaction to the medication, loss of temporary filling material, or tooth fracture.