Root canal treatment is a dental procedure that relieves pain caused by an infected or abscessed tooth. During the root canal process, inflamed pulp is removed. The surfaces inside the tooth are then cleaned and disinfected, and a filling is placed to seal the space. During an endodontic procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed from the tooth and the inside is cleaned and sealed.
Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and an abscess can form. Root canal treatment involves removing the diseased pulp along with the tooth nerve (located within the root canal of the tooth). The pulp chamber and root canals of the tooth are cleaned, medicated, and sealed. A dental crown or other restorative treatment is used to protect and strengthen the tooth.
There is a misconception that you should not undergo root canal treatment because you harbor serious infections inside your mouth. If a decayed or broken tooth is not treated, bacteria enter the root canal and cause a nerve infection. It's important to know that after root canal treatment, the nerve is no longer inside the tooth and, therefore, you won't have any sensation or sensation to that tooth's heat and cold sensitivity. If only a small amount of tooth remains after root canal treatment, a post can be cemented into the root canal and used to help keep the crown in place.
Your dentist will use a series of small files to enlarge the canals and give them a regular shape so that they can be filled. After a root canal procedure, you can eat and drink normally, including alcohol, once the numbness goes away. Until your endodontic procedure is completely finished, with a permanent filling in place or crown, try to avoid chewing with your tooth. Root canal treatment is performed when the endodontist removes the infected pulp and nerve at the root of the tooth, cleans and shapes the inside of the root canal, then fills and seals the space.
The reason for this is that a tooth that has suffered a nerve infection and root canal treatment is weak and brittle. If treatment needs to be carried out over several sessions, the dentist may place a small amount of medication in the cleaned canal between visits to eliminate any remaining bacteria. Unless your dentist or endodontist tells you otherwise, brush and floss as you would regularly after root canal treatment. Front and canine incisor teeth (biting teeth) usually have a single root that contains 1 root canal.
When your tooth needs root canal treatment, it means that bacteria from tooth decay have penetrated so deeply into the tooth that the nerves and blood supply in the tooth's root canal are compromised. If the job is particularly complex, your dentist may refer you to a root canal treatment specialist, known as an endodontist. After a root canal, try to eat soft foods that require very little chewing, such as applesauce, yogurt, eggs, and fish.