It is sometimes believed that undergoing root canal treatment is painful and can leave you with constant or sporadic pain for some time afterwards, but this is simply not true. If anything, root canal treatment actually helps prevent further pain from damaged or decayed teeth and helps prevent the need for teeth to be extracted altogether, as long as proper care and advice is followed.
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Root canal treatment, otherwise known as endodontic treatment, is required when the soft tissue inside the tooth that helps hold it in place, i.e. the root, becomes painful and inflamed. There are a number of reasons for this including decay, injury or a fracture to the tooth. When the procedure is carried out, the infection causing the problem is removed; the chamber which holds the tissue is cleaned out and filled with a special substance called gutta-percha; then it is permanently sealed with a crown.
Root canal treatment is designed to save teeth, preventing the need to completely replace them, and is always carried out under anaesthetic. The procedure can usually be carried out with one or two visits to the dentist and is no more uncomfortable than having a routine filling carried out. It is likely that the area of the mouth that has undergone root canal treatment may feel a little sore for a day or two, but otherwise a full recovery should occur.
If you experience pain after having root canal treatment, it is not necessarily the procedure itself that is the cause; you may be suffering from another, as yet undetected infected tooth or it is possible that some other injury or infection may be causing the pain. In any case, it is important to see your dentist if you are suffering from pain after root canal treatment, in order that they can help you get to the bottom of it. More importantly, you should only ever visit a reputable dentist to have the procedure carried out.
To find out more about having root canal treatment at the Complete Dental Health Practice, in Coral Springs, Florida, ring 954-228-2963 to make an appointment to see Dr. Luis Gomez.