Tooth Restoration After Root Canal Procedure

Toothache that spontaneously comes anytime and anywhere is not a good sign. You may think that it might be caused by some food remnants stuck during eating or you have taken a drink that is either too hot or too cold. But what if it comes in the middle of a sleep where you have not eaten or drank anything? Pain on a tooth that occurs on its own might somehow mean worse than what you think it is. This might mean a tooth decay that extended its damage to its own nerves and pulp. If this is the case, a root canal procedure may be what a person needs.

What is a Root Canal Procedure and When is It Necessary?

This is a specific type of dental treatment that repairs or saves a tooth from complete death or extraction. The procedure generally involves making a hole to access the damaged nerve or pulp, removing or extracting it, cleaning the tooth and its chamber, then sealing it properly for future protection and prevention of further damage. This way, a tooth is not extracted and can still be used properly.

A root canal treatment is needed when a person starts to feel the kind of pain described above. Somehow, if pain is not addressed immediately, there will be abscess formation and sometimes swelling. An x-ray is done to confirm the need of a root canal procedure as well as for preparation purposes.

Is a Root Canal Treatment Painful?

dental care plan tips 2This is one of the most common questions from people. A lot of individuals would say that the root canal procedure is painful. Generally, this is far from being true. Commonly, the procedure is done because a person feels excruciating pain from the affected tooth. First and foremost, there is already pain from the tooth and it is not the treatment that causes it. What is painful is the symptom experienced by the person who needed the root canal procedure. It is not the procedure itself. Secondly, during the procedure, a local anesthesia is applied so that no pain will be felt by the client for the whole time the root canal treatment is done. If in case after a root canal treatment session, there is still pain, it may mean that there are other roots or nerves or pulps that are not taken out during the first appointment. Most probably you will be back for the continuation of the treatment.

What Will be Done After a Root Canal Procedure?

After the extraction of the pulp or its remnants, a tooth restoration will follow. This involves cleaning of the tooth chamber and sealing it afterwards. Once a root canal treatment is done to a tooth, it is not at the same state that it used to have. The structural integrity that it has is not the same with a normal tooth. That is why tooth restoration is also an important aspect of the whole root canal treatment. The affected tooth should be build up strongly for it to protect itself from further damage and function normally. A person cannot just leave a root unfilled because there will be possibilities of contamination which can cause damage. Tooth restoration involves filling or crowns, depending on the tooth that underwent root canal procedure. If a minor procedure is done, permanent fillings can be applied to fill up the emptied chamber and seal the tooth. For major root canal treatments, crowns will be very useful so that an exterior of the tooth will be built. By then, it will have enough strength for you to chew normally.

A successful root canal relieves or alleviates the excruciating pain experienced by the client and the results can last a lifetime. If a nerve is taken out through the treatment, but that does not mean that there will be no pain at all because there might be other factors that caused pain. But in most cases, no pain bothers a person who has undergone a root canal procedure.

Root canal treatment may be costly but it sure is worth it.