Root Canal Treatment
Do you need Root Canal?
Here are some of the signs you need to see The Dentist for root canal treatment –
- Intense pain
- Persistent pain
- Pain when chewing
- Sensitivity to sweet food and temperature
- Abscess (a white bump)
- Discoloring tooth (starts turning grey)
- Swollen gum (especially around a paining tooth)
- Jaw pain
All patients don’t feel pain who need root canal treatment. Hence, regular dental checkups are highly recommended so our experts can diagnose problems on the onset.
How is Root Canal Treatment Performed?
When a patient visits The Dentist with symptoms of root canal, Dr. Arvind Baweja takes x-rays for complete oral examination. We identify which tooth needs treatment with diagnostic tests because both TMJ disease and periodontal disorder can cause pain.
After giving anesthesia, the back or top of the tooth is opened using a dental handpiece to access the pulp. After reaching the core of the tooth, some mini scrub brushes and other mini tools are used to clean up the pulp, the root chambers, and inside of the tooth.
Then, the inside of the tooth is wiped and cleaned up with dental handpiece. A material “gutta-percha” is placed after disinfection, i.e., a thermoplastic material made of coagulated latex in the root canals of the tooth.
Once the canals are filled, tooth is filled with solid composite compound to hold the dental crown. A crown is needed, especially for posterior teeth (back teeth), to secure the tooth and make rest of the tooth structure stronger. Patients have to come once more for crown preparation.
X-rays are taken regularly in the root canal procedure to remove the pulp completely and ensure that the whole root canal is filled by gutta-percha. If the pulp is not removed completely or tooth is not filled, patient may have pain after treatment and can be infected. So, we need to avoid this.
What to expect after root canal treatment?
Patient may feel some soreness after treatment. When patient gets sliver, the surrounding tissue may be sore, red, and inflamed. Even after removing the sliver, soreness takes some time to dissolve. In majority of cases, it takes a week or less for the post-treatment soreness or pain to go away. Meanwhile, we suggest the following remedies –
- Ice pack
- Painkiller like ibuprofen
- Proper rest
To avoid worsening the symptoms, patients can –
- Try chewing on the other side
- Avoid sugary or acidic food or drinks
- Avoid chewing gums
- Don’t have crunchy or hard foods