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Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy in Sugar Land, Tx

You must have heard from many that they got their root canal removal performed as their tooth was paining. However, the problems sometimes are not of the tooth but root canals. Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath to top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward until they reach the tip of the root.

Tooth problems may involve infections that spread to the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues. When the infection becomes worse, it can begin affecting the roots. A traumatic injury to a tooth can also compromise the pulp, leading to similar problems. A diseased inner tooth brings a host of problems, including pain and sensitivity as the first indications of a problem. However, a spreading infection can cause small pockets of pus to develop, which can lead to an abscess. Dentists treat all these problems either by extracting a tooth or by performing a root canal therapy.

At Truth General Dentistry, root canal therapy has a high rate of success. The dentists will remove the diseased tissue and stop the infection from spreading. This ultimately helps in restoring the tooth. In fact, root canal therapy can save a problematic tooth. Before the procedure of root work was developed and gained acceptance, the only alternative for treating a diseased tooth was extraction.

Signs that you need a root canal therapy

Your teeth will tell you when you need a root canal therapy or not. However, the dentist would use root canal x-rays to determine the need.
Furthermore, your teeth would show the following symptoms:

  1. Severe pain while chewing
  2. Pimples on gums
  3. Cracked tooth
  4. Extreme sensitivity
  5. Swollen gums
  6. Discolored tooth

It is good not to ignore even a single symptom so that timely treatment can save your tooth.

Root Canal Therapy

The procedure of a Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy usually entails one to three visits. During the first visit, the dentist drills a small hole through the top of the tooth into the inner chamber. Later, the dentist removes the diseased tissue, cleans the inner chamber, and reshapes the tiny canals. Afterwards, the dentist fills the cleaned chamber and canals with an elastic material. He/she also prescribes medication to prevent infection from spreading. If necessary, he/she fills the drilled hole with root canal temporary filling until a permanent seal is made with a crown.

Most patients, who get root canal performed, experience little or no discomfort or pain, and enjoy a restored tooth that can last almost as long as a healthy tooth. However, in some instances, the root canal hurts years later, but this is not common.

Post-treatment care

A root canal needs time and attention to heal. Therefore, while it is recovering, the patient should take proper follow-up checkups and necessary precautions.

  • A root canal therapy would cause numbness in your mouth. Therefore, eating after a root canal can be a problem for a few days. Right after the therapy, a patient should wait for the numbness to get over and then start eating so you may not hurt your tongue or cheeks while eating.
  • Proper brushing and flossing are essential, along with regular checkups. If you experience any pain or swelling, you should immediately report it to your dentist.
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