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Root canal treatments are performed on millions of people each year.
This treatment option may seem a bit scary, but learning about this very common procedure can definitely put you at ease.
The purpose of a root canal procedure (also known as endodontic treatment or root canal therapy) is to kill the bacteria that cause an infection in the root of the tooth.
During treatment, the infected pulp is removed from the tooth and then the inside of the roots is thoroughly cleaned, filled, and sealed.
This process will ensure that the infection does not return, but more importantly, it prevents your natural teeth from having to be extracted.
The need for root canals can arise as a result of poor dental hygiene, genetics, or even injury.
In most cases, a person will experience high sensitivity in the teeth that will cause discomfort or tooth pain.
Symptoms associated with the need for root canal treatment:
This dental procedure is a completely standardized process that works to eliminate the infection at the root of the tooth.
The process for this dental work is as follows:
Your root canal should be evaluated by your dentist after one year. An X-ray will be taken and your dentist will evaluate any pain, swelling, or signs of infection or damage. You may need further check-ups in the next four years if there are signs of damage, or if your tooth is not healing properly. Some people need another root channel.
After your treatment, it is important that you take care of your repaired tooth. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss every day, and only eat foods or drinks with sugar at mealtime. You can also take care of your teeth by visiting the dentist regularly for a check-up.
As with any procedure, there are some risks associated with root canal treatment. We have not included the likelihood of such risks occurring as they are specific to you and vary from person to person. Consult with your dentist to explain how the risks apply to you.
Side effects, although unwanted, are mostly temporary effects that you may have after the procedure.
Cleaning your teeth may cause slight sensitivity, but this is only temporary. If you have severe pain or any pain or discomfort that gets worse, see your dentist.
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