Root canal treatment is a common dental procedure that saves a severely damaged tooth. It is necessary when your tooth root becomes infected and inflamed. During a root canal procedure, our dentists will remove the infected pulp, clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth, followed by sealing it. A dental crown will then be customised and cemented to replace the damaged tooth.
Among the common root canal causes is severe tooth decay. If you have an untreated tooth decay, a deep cavity will form over time and a root canal is needed. Besides, you will need a root canal for cracked teeth that may be caused by injuries, teeth grinding or tooth enamel damage. Furthermore, gum infection should be treated using root canal to eliminate bacteria. In addition, previous dental trauma that dislodged or moved a permanent tooth sideways might cause nerve death. Thus, root canal treatment restores the tooth to proper function. Root canal is also done for large cavity fillings to prevent infection.
There are a few care tips to be aware of after a root canal treatment. Firstly, do not chew or bite with a root canal treated tooth that does not have a crown yet, otherwise it might cause severe fracture. It is also crucial to avoid sticky or hard food. Besides, good oral hygiene practices that include brushing, flossing, and using fluoride are recommended after a root canal. As a patient may experience mild pain from a root canal treatment, the pain is usually manageable using over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen, for the first few days following treatment.
What happens during a root canal treatment?
A root canal treatment is done to save an infected and inflamed tooth. During a root canal procedure, our dentists will remove the infected pulp, clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth, followed by sealing it. A dental crown will then be customized and cemented to replace the damaged tooth.
Is a root canal treatment painful?
While people may be dreadful of painful sensation of a treatment, root canal treatment does not normally cause significant pain. This is because local anaesthetic is commonly used during the procedure to reduce any surgical pain and discomfort.
How long does a root canal take to complete?
A simple root canal typically takes 30 to 60 minutes when the tooth only has one canal to be treated. However, major root canals may take longer time to complete. It may sometimes take up to 90 minutes.
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Root Canal Treatment
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