A root canal is needed when tooth decay has killed the tooth or caused damage to it. During a root canal procedure, your dentist removes the tooth pulp and replaces it with a special filling. Root canals prevent further damage and infection in the pulp that can spread to surrounding teeth. A root canal procedure is also used to treat an abscessed tooth (a tooth that has pus in the tissues beneath or around it). A root canal can stop the infection from spreading, alleviate a toothache, and encourage healing.
What happens during a root canal
- The first part of a root canal procedure involves numbing the area that needs to be treated with jelly like substance. After that, a pain killer will be injected to completely numb the gums, tongue, teeth, and skin in the surrounding area.
- The dentist will use a drill and other dental tools to extract the pulp from the tooth, fill it with temporary filling materials, then a final filling.
- A permanent filling or crown may be needed. You might be fitted for a temporary crown until the permanent crown is created then cemented into place.
What happens after a root canal
After your root canal surgery, your lips and gums might still be numb for a few hours. This is due to the anesthetic that was injected. As the anesthetic diminishes, you will begin to feel a throbbing pain, which can be alleviated by taking ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or prescription painkillers.
Overtime, the crown used to seal off the tooth might become loose. If this happens, you may need a repair in the future.
What are the risks of a root canal
If your tooth is infected, bacteria from the tooth can be released into the blood stream and cause bodily infection. For those who have problems fighting off infections, they may need to take an antibiotic before and after their root canal procedure.
Schedule a consultation
To determine if you require a root canal, schedule an appointment with Agnini Family Dental. You can contact our team at 863-682-1500. We look forward to assisting you.