Root canal therapy can save a tooth that has become severely infected or decayed. When diagnosis indicates the need for a root canal treatment, our first priority is our patients’ peace of mind. Offering an extensive menu of pain-management options, our first order of business is to ensure that our patients are at-ease about the procedure.
Signs and symptoms you need a root canal treatment
- Spontaneous pain even when you’re not eating or drinking
- Pain that wakes you up in the middle of the night
- Toothache that worsens when pressure is applied or when eating
- Darkening or discoloration of a tooth
- Recurring swelling of the gums
- Tenderness in the gums
- Extreme sensitivity to cold or heat
A root canal infection only starts hurting when pressing against a nerve. As there are no nerve endings in your cheekbones, you could have inflammation in your root endings without feeling any discomfort. Your dentist will typically scan for such infections on your x-ray photos, presenting as a black spot of infected tissue. Despite the fact that you may feel no pain (yet), it is nonetheless important to treat the infection right away. An untreated infection is bad for your entire body and dissolves in your cheekbone which causes your tooth to loosen further.
What to expect
For most patients, a root canal can be performed in one or two visits. Our pre-treatment preparation ensures that both the tooth and the affected area are fully anesthetized for the entire procedure. In most cases, once the tooth is repaired we recommend protecting it with a porcelain crown to prevent fracture.
During your treatment
After full anesthesia is achieved, treatment will be completed in either one or two appointments based on the health of the pulpal tissue. If your tooth was severely infected, we may opt to place a medication in your canals for one or two weeks before completing the root canal to effectively decontaminate the area. A temporary filling will be used in between treatments to keep the area sterile. The height of the tooth is reduced so that this new tooth is not an active player in the bite.
After your root canal treatment
After treatment, you may experience similar pain than before treatment for about two days. You should avoid chewing on that side of your mouth for a couple of days or until the tenderness has subsided. Your dentist will prescribe a final restoration for the tooth. It’s important to remember that teeth with root canals have a higher percentage of fracture as well.
Do you have any questions regarding root canal treatment? Contact us and our receptionist will be happy to advise you and schedule an appointment at the earliest hour if needed. Tandarts Jordaan is open until 21h30 on several days of the week. In addition, Tandarts Jordaan is also open on Sundays.
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