A root canal is not the name of any remedy or a treatment, factually speaking, it is  just a portion of your tooth. It  is a hollow part of your  tooth that includes nerve tissues, blood vessels, and other cells, also known as the pulp. As you may be aware a tooth is made up of a crown and roots. The crown is largely above the gum, while the roots are below it. The roots are attached to the jawbone. The pulp is within the crown and the root, or the root canal. The pulp nourishes the tooth and moisturizes the surrounding material. The nerves in the pulp feel hot and cold temperatures as pain. 

Our root canal treatment is mostly a simple procedure to alleviate oral discomfort and preserve the teeth. Our patients generally require a root canal when the root of a tooth is inflamed or infected. During root canal treatment, our endodontist who specializes in such treatment carefully removes the pulp inside the tooth, cleans, disinfects and forms the root canals, and positions a filler to close the cavity.

Dental pulp inside the root canal may be contaminated due to untreated tooth decay, broken or chipped teeth, repetitive dental procedures, damaged crowns, or injuries caused by accidental fall. 

What are the signs of root canal damage?

Signs of damage include discomfort and irritation when eating hot or cold food and drinks, a sharp bite, and loosening of the tooth. If left untreated, the weakened dental pulp can fully kill the oral nerves resulting in swollen gums, pus oozing from the infected tooth, and tooth discoloration. 

What are the steps in the root canal procedure? 

Root canal procedure is administered in three stages, and it takes between one and three sessions to get rid of the problem completely. 

Cleaning the root canal 

As with any other treatment or procedure, cleaning the affected area takes the center stage, the dentist cleans everything inside the root canal.

The patient is first administered a local anesthesia, then our dentist makes a small opening on the surface of the tooth and extracts the diseased and dead pulp tissue with very small files.

Filling the root canal 

Using small files and irrigation solutions the dentist then cleans, forms and decontaminates the hollow area. The tooth is then filled with rubber-like material, using adhesive cement to fully seal the canals.

The tooth is dead following root canal surgery. The patient will no longer experience any discomfort in the tooth because the nerve tissue has been replaced and the infection has been eliminated.

Adding or filling a crown 

The tooth is going to be more delicate and fragile than it was before. A tooth without a pulp must be fed by the ligament that connects the tooth to the bone. This supply is sufficient, but the tooth can become more vulnerable in time, so a crown or filling is necessary to provide protection.

The patient does not chew or bite on the tooth until the crown or filling is complete. When the crown is in place or the filling is finished, the person may use the tooth as before.

These root canal treatment steps typically require just one appointment, but if there are curved canals, multi-channels, or broad infections, it can take one or two additional appointments.

Expedite Your Root Canal Recovery Post The Procedure

Manage the way you treat your mouth

Immediately after surgery, pay careful attention to your mouth and how it feels. There's some pain and swelling although it's evident. Wait until you're no longer numb before you want to eat something. You risk biting your tongue or injuring yourself if you do. Since swelling is normal after a root canal process, use an ice pack to minimize it.

Stop exercise for a few days 

Exercise is something that might be a part of your daily routine but, when you have just had surgery, even if it's a mouth surgery, you need to be patient. Take some time off for the first few days.

Get the rest that you need

Make an effort to get as much sleep as you can, so you'll experience a fast recovery and get back to feeling better again. If you can take a day or two off work after your root canal procedure, you would possibly experience a faster root canal surgery recovery.

Note if your Crown has issues

After the root canal is full, most people have put on the crown. Sometimes the crown is temporary, while a permanent crown is produced. See if you feel discomfort or annoyance when you eat or bite.

Prevention of The Root Canal

There are steps that you can take to help you stop the root canal:

  • Brush your teeth regularly and twice a day
  • Ensure to floss your teeth at least once a day
  • Wear a mouthguard if you indulge in sports activity
  • Visit your dentist at regular intervals.

If you have severe tooth pain or other signs, visit us at the earliest for diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible.

Although the word "root canal" appears to cause fear in many people, the dental operation does not involve any special pain. Almost all people will feel better soon after treatment. So, call us on (434) 799-0120 or book an appointment today if you want more information on how a root canal is done.