Even though root canals have always been one of the most common dental procedures, most people become very anxious when they are informed that they need a root canal or endodontic treatment. This fear might have been justified a few decades ago but today’s modern dentistry ensures that a root canal is often as comfortable as a standard filling.
Why Would You Need Root Canal Treatment?
Dr. Beeram will most likely recommend a root canal treatment if the soft tissue inside the root canal becomes inflamed or infected. Normally, deep decay can cause this inflammation or infection. In addition, it is possible for the soft root tissue to be inflamed by repeated dental procedures on the tooth. There are also other possible causes such as cracks or chips in your tooth. What’s important to keep in mind is that the inflammation or infection must be treated to stop your toothache and most importantly avoid the chance of an abscess.
How Root Canal Treatment Can Save Your Teeth
During the root canal treatment, Dr. Beeram removes the inflamed or infected soft tissue inside the root canal and cleans and shapes inside of the canal a channel. This channel is then filled with a biocompatible sealing material to seal the space and a temporary filling is created to protect the tooth. On the following visit to Beach Grove Dental, Dr. Beeram places a crown on the tooth to protect and restore it. As a result, your tooth will continue to function like any other tooth.
The Pain Issue
Root canal therapy is normally performed to treat inflammation or infection and essentially cure your toothache which can be severe, in some cases, and can lead to other complications including sepsis, which is a life-threatening infection that spreads throughout your body. With that being said, modern root canal treatment techniques and the use of highly effective oral anesthetics have made this procedure relatively painless and comfortable for most patients.
After the actual treatment, for the first few days, it is possible for the treated tooth to feel sensitive, especially in cases in which the tooth was infected before the therapy. However, this can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications. If a patient continues to experience pain that lasts more than a few days, then he or she should contact their dentist.
Aftercare of the Treated Tooth
Once your tooth has been completely restored you do not need to take any special care of it. However, if it has not been completely restored with your permanent crown then you should avoid chewing or biting on the treated tooth until your dentist has completely restored it. It is estimated that about 95% of treated teeth never need any further treatment and with proper oral hygiene and regular dentist visits, you most likely won’t have any further issues with your treated tooth.
With modern tools and sedation dentistry options, root canal therapy is faster and more comfortable than ever before. In fact, our dentists often perform the procedure in just one visit. Dr. Beeram, at Beach Grove Dental Tsawwassen, is skilled in root canal therapy, so there is no need to put off treatment. We are here to help you relieve your pain. Contact us online or book your appointment at (604) 943 – 6768 today!