What damages a tooth’s pulp in the first place?
A tooth’s pulp can become irritated, inflamed, and infected due to several reasons such as deep decay, and/or large fillings, a crack or chip in the tooth, or injury to the face. These are just a few reasons and your dentist could elaborate following a thorough dental exam.
What are the signs that you need a Root Canal Treatment?
Not all types of tooth pain indicate a root canal issue. But signs of severe infection which may require a root canal might include:
- Serious teeth pain when eating or when you put pressure on the infected area
- Teeth pain and sensitivity to hot or cold food or beverages that lingers after the hot or cold stimuli have been removed
- Tenderness or swelling in the gums near the area of teeth pain or a small, pimple-like bump on the gums near the area of teeth pain
- Darkening of the tooth
How is a root canal treatment performed?
Most root canal treatments might require 2 visits to your dentist office. At the first appointment, the infected pulp and nerve tissue are removed “this should eliminate any pain from the tooth” and the root canal is cleaned and filled with a biocompatible material and the tooth is usually sealed with a temporary filling. On the second visit, a dental crown or another permanent restorative solution should be installed to prevent any further infection.
How to maintain and care for teeth after a root canal treatment?
Here are a few ways to take care of your teeth after a root canal:
- Practice good oral hygiene by brushing teeth twice a day, and flossing them at least once. Taking care of your teeth can help prevent future complications
- Visit the dentist and hygienist regularly for cleanings and examinations
- Avoid chewing on hard foods such as ice which can cause teeth to break, and can harm root canals