Endodontic treatment treats the inside of the tooth. This is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty crowns, or a crack in the tooth. In addition, trauma to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
How does endodontic treatment save the tooth?
During root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed. Then the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, filled and sealed. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. This helps the tooth to function like a healthy tooth.
Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:
Normal biting force and sensation
Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain
Will I feel pain during or after the procedure?
With modern techniques and anesthetics, most of our patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure.
For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive. This discomfort can be relieved with painkillers and anti-inflammatory medicines. Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your endodontic treatment is completed.
Will the tooth need any special care or additional treatment after endodontic treatment?
You should not chew or bite on the treated tooth until the entire treatment has been completed. A permanent filling and crown will be placed to protect the root canal treated tooth. The unrestored tooth is susceptible to fracture, so you should not delay getting a crown after completion of root canal treatment. Otherwise, you need only practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and regular checkups and cleanings.