Root canals are necessary when a tooth is badly decayed or becomes infected. Sometimes repeated dental procedures, cracks or chips in the tooth, and trauma to the face can make a root canal necessary. During the root canal procedure, the damaged tooth pulp/nerve is removed to prevent further problems within the tooth.
Root canals usually require two appointments to complete. In the first session, a small hole is drilled in the tooth to reach the infected tooth pulp, which is removed. The pulp is the soft area within the center of the tooth that is attached to the tooth’s nerves. When damaged, bacteria begin to multiply and lead to infection.
Medication is placed to kill the bacteria from the infection, and a temporary filling is placed in the tooth until the final session. During the second visit, the temporary filling is removed and the tooth is re-cleaned to remove any remaining infection. The tooth is then permanently filled.
Many times, a tooth that requires a root canal will also need to be restored. There are several options available, the most common being the placement of a crown. A crown will help prevent further fractures in a tooth.
FAQs About Root Canals:
What Are The Signs That A Root Canal Is Needed?
There are several signs that may indicate that you need a root canal. You may need a root canal if you are experiencing severe toothache pain upon chewing or prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. Darkening of the tooth and swelling or tenderness in the nearby gums may also be signs that a root canal is needed. On occasion, no symptoms are present.
Is My Tooth Alive After A Root Canal?
The tooth itself is considered dead after a root canal, but the gum tissue surrounding the tooth is still alive.
Will My Mouth Feel Sore After A Root Canal?
It is normal to feel some discomfort after a root canal, particularly when chewing. Patients can avoid eating hard or sticky foods, chew on the opposite side of the mouth and take pain medication as needed to help prevent pain and swelling.
For more information on root canals, contact Dr. Rozenberg and the staff at Lana Rozenberg D.D.S. at (212) 265-7724 or click here to schedule a consultation online for our New York City Dental Office.