Tooth decay is the most prevalent dental problem globally affecting people of all age groups. If not treated early it can lead to pulpal infection that cannot be restored through regular dental fillings. Pulpal involvement requires a specialized treatment approach known as root canal therapy to save your decayed tooth from extraction.
LA Dentists Group consist of highly skilled dental specialists who provide root canal therapy to restore the interior of a decayed tooth and protect it from further damage.
What is root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy is a common dental procedure that involves the removal of the inflamed pulp, and the biomechanical preparation of the root canals to accommodate a permanent filling.
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When do you need root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy is usually recommended if you experience the following signs:
- Persistent tooth pain
- Extreme sensitivity to heat and cold
- Swollen gums
- Tooth discoloration
- Facial swelling
- A chipped or cracked tooth
- Tooth pain on the application of pressure
- Pus discharge near the gum line
What happens during a root canal procedure?
Root canal therapy may require one or two visits depending on the severity of the infection.
- Your dentist will numb the area around the infected tooth with local anesthesia (a numbing agent) to ease pain and discomfort.
- Special rotary instruments will be used to remove the tooth decay and attain an access opening.
- With the same rotary tools, the pulpal tissue will be removed carefully.
- The canals will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
- The empty ro ot ca nal chambers will be filled with a biocompatible material such as gutta-percha.
- Your dentist will then fabricate a crown for you once the tooth heals. This protects your tooth and prevents any further complications.
What happens after ro ot ca nal therapy?
You are likely to experience mild tenderness and discomfort during the initial days post-treatment.
- Avoid chewing anything hard until you get your crown
- Avoid chewing anything sticky
- Brush twice daily
- Floss regularly
- Get professional cleanings at least every 6 months
Is root canal therapy worth it?
Ro ot ca nal therapy is worth due to the following reasons:
- It helps retain your natural tooth
- Prevents the infection from spreading to the underlying bone
- It is less painful than extractions
- It is an affordable alternative to replacing the tooth with a dental implant
- Saves you from TMJ disorders and pain caused as a complication of tooth extraction
Ro ot ca nal therapy can dramatically improve your oral form, function, and aesthetics.