A root canal is an endodontic procedure necessary when inflammation or infection develops in the tooth’s pulp tissue. Tooth pulp is the most vital part of the tooth; it is made up of living items such as connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. Commonly referred to as the “nerve” explains why it can make an individual feel intense pain. Ignoring the pain doesn’t stop the infection which will continue to grow without treatment.
Signs and Symptoms of
Root Canal Problems
Constant and intense pain or pressure in the mouth with either swelling or gum sensitivity indicates an evaluation is in order. Other symptoms might include severe sharp pain when biting down on your food or even clenching your jaw. More subtle indications might be sensitivity to hot or cold foods. If you have any of these types of symptoms, don’t delay and schedule an examination with Dr. Nichols immediately.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canals are one of the most routine and efficient procedures, and for many bring relief very quickly. First, an anesthetic is administered to the tooth and surrounding tissue. A small opening is made on the surface of the affected tooth which provides access to the infected pulp. The damaged pulp is removed and the canal is cleaned and shaped for a temporary filling to be inserted. At the follow-up appointment the tooth is checked and when all the infection is gone the tooth is permanently filled or crowned.
Following root canal treatment, your tooth may feel some tenderness and sensitivity for a few days. Dr. Nichols always checks in with our patients to see how they are recovering. For patients that are having discomfort, over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen are generally effective, but sometimes a prescription is provided.
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