Relieve Pain and Look Great With Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is a type of endodontic therapy that can help save a tooth, relieve pain and improve the look of an individual’s smile. Millions of teeth are saved each year with this type of therapy, according to the American Association of Endodontists. A root canal is necessary when soft tissue inside the root of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. Infection can be caused by a number of factors, including a chip or crack in the tooth or injury to the tooth. When left untreated it will cause pain, which is when treatment becomes necessary. 

It’s important to learn about root canal therapy and the signs of being in need of endodontic treatment so an individual can get help right away and prevent further problems. These signs include tooth pain, sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness when chewing or when touching the area, swelling, tooth discoloration, and tenderness in nearby gum tissue. In addition, if there has been repeated dental work on the tooth, it may need a root canal. Even if there are no visible chips or cracks in the tooth, there still may be an injury that needs treating. However, sometimes there aren’t any symptoms at all.

During root canal therapy, in order to save the tooth, an endodontist will remove the infected area of the tooth and then fill and seal in the space. Then a crown or another method of tooth restoration will be placed on the tooth so it can continue to function like normal. During the procedure, an individual will have anesthetic, so they shouldn’t feel too much pain. These procedures are common, but it’s important that an endodontist performs the treatment, just like with any medical procedure. 

After the procedure, the tooth may be sensitive for a few days and feel slightly different than other teeth for a while. It’s important that, until the tooth is restored, there is no chewing or biting down. This is due to the fact that, until the tooth is restored, it will be more likely to fracture

While there are other treatments than endodontic therapy for the tooth, like having your tooth removed, there will be less pain with a root canal and the natural tooth will be saved. There is less pain during the root canal than with having a tooth removed, thanks to modern technology. 

It’s also more cost effective since tooth removal can take longer and require more follow up appointments; many insurance plans will cover your root canal treatment. Since crowns function as regular teeth, the smile stays intact. In any case, it’s important to speak with an endodontist to learn about the procedure and more benefits of root canal treatment.

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