Root canal treatment (also known as endodontics) is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. Teeth can become severely infected or damaged because of mainly two reasons - tooth decay or trauma.
During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected, and abscesses may form, eventually leading to tooth loss.
A root canal procedure is performed under local anesthesia by a dentist or endodontist, and patients typically report little to no discomfort during the procedure. However, it is common for patients to experience some sensitivity following the procedure. This will subside in a few days.
Root canal infection symptoms such as:
If your dentist suspects you may need root canal treatment, they will likely refer you to an endodontist, a dentist who specializes in endodontics. Your endodontist will first review your dental history, take X-rays, and perform an examination of your tooth. If your endodontist determines that your root canal treatment is needed, they will start the procedure. The steps involved in an endodontic treatment are as follows:
Root canal treatment gets rid of the infection by removing diseased tissue and disinfecting the tooth. Once the infection is gone, the tooth will need to be protected with a dental crown or filling.
If you suspect you need root canal treatment, don’t wait to schedule an appointment. Delaying treatment can cause you additional pain and more expensive treatment down the road.
To learn more about the dental services offered by Azalea Road Dental, call Dentist in Mobile, AL at (251) 666-1310 or schedule an appointment online.
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