The word ‘root canal’ is basically derived from cleaning the canals which lie inside the tooth’s root.
What is a root canal?
A procedure that is carried out in order to preserve a dead tooth is what a root canal is.
It’s not exactly saving the tooth. Let’s break it down for you, for you to understand better, root canal is a sort of mummification. Mummification is when you take a dead pharaoh and stuff and wrap the body up. You do not save the life but you preserve the body.
The tooth is already infected and dying by the time you need a root canal hence you can only preserve it and not save it.
Yes, there is always the option of pulling out the tooth and replaced the extracted tooth with an implant but this is no undertaken because it’s much simpler to keep the base of your old tooth, even though its dead, because you still benefit from the structure of the tooth which aids in speaking and chewing.
The procedure of root canal is usually followed by a second sitting where a crown is placed. This is like layer of protection. When the first procedure is undertaken, the tissues inside the dead tooth are carved out. The crown is like a rigid covering which preserves the integrity of and prevents tooth from breaking.
Why do you need a root canal?
When the pulp of the tooth or the soft tissue inside the canal of the root becomes infected of inflamed, you need a root canal. The cause of this infection or inflammation can be due to a variety of reasons like a crack in the tooth, deep decay, injury to the tooth or repeated dental procedures on the tooth. If this infection or inflammation is left untreated, then it can lead to severe pain or an abscess.
What are the signs that you need a root canal?
Few signs that you can look for are:
· Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold items
· Discolouration of the tooth
· A tender feeling when touching or chewing
· Swelling and tenderness of the lymph nodes and neighbouring gum tissue.
How does a root canal save the tooth?
The infected or inflamed pulp is removed and the insides of the root canal are careffuly clean and the space is sealed. The next sitting will involve placing a crown in order to protect the tooth and made it fully functional. After this restoration process, the tooth behaves like all the other teeth in the mouth.
Is there pain involved during or after the procedure?
The root canal procedure is carried out in order to relieve the pain, sensitivity and other bothersome elements you’re facing.
Modern day anesthetics and techniques ensure no pain and comfort to the patient.
After the procedure, for the first few days, there will be mild pain and discomfort which can relieved with the help of medicines that will be prescribed by the doctor. The tooth will also feel slightly different from the other teeth but overtime, this feeling will fade.
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