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What is Root Canal treatment?

Root canal treatment, or endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the centre of a tooth (the root canal system). It involves the removal of the infected, injured, or dead pulp from the tooth, aiming to save the tooth and alleviate dental pain.

What makes me a candidate for root canal treatment?

Candidates for a root canal are typically individuals experiencing tooth pain, prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, discoloration of the tooth, and swelling or drainage from nearby gums. These symptoms might indicate that the tooth pulp has become infected or inflamed, necessitating a root canal to save the tooth and prevent further infection.

What is the process behind root canal treatment?

The procedure typically involves the administration of local anesthesia to numb the area, followed by the creation of a small opening in the crown of the tooth to access the root canal. The infected pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. The canals are then filled with a biocompatible material and sealed with a temporary filling. In most cases, a follow-up appointment is necessary to place a permanent crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function.

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What is a root canal treatment and why would I need one?

A root canal treatment is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the center of a tooth (the root canal system). It's needed when the dental pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels, becomes infected due to decay, a deep filling, or damage from trauma. The treatment involves removing the infected pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the root canal, and then filling and sealing it to prevent further infection.

What are the signs that might indicate I need a root canal?

Common signs include severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure, prolonged sensitivity or pain in response to hot and cold temperatures, discoloration of the tooth, swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums, and a persistent or recurring pimple on the gums. Any of these symptoms should prompt a visit to your dentist.

Is a root canal treatment painful?

Root canal treatments today are much less painful thanks to modern techniques and anesthesia. Most people compare the procedure to having a filling placed. You may experience some discomfort or mild pain for a few days after the treatment, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.

How should I care for my tooth after a root canal?

After a root canal, it's important to minimize chewing on the affected side until the tooth is fully restored with a permanent filling or crown, as this helps avoid recontamination or breaking the tooth. Continue brushing and flossing as usual, and follow any specific instructions your dentist might give. A follow-up appointment might be necessary to ensure the area is healing properly.

How long does a root canal procedure take?

The length of a root canal treatment can vary depending on the complexity of the problem and the specific tooth affected. Most procedures take between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours per session.

When can I eat and drink after a root canal treatment?

You should wait until the numbness in your mouth wears off before eating to avoid accidentally biting your cheek or tongue. It's best to start with soft foods that require little chewing and avoid very hot or cold beverages for a few days. Gradually return to your normal diet as comfort permits.

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