Root canals are not for the faint of heart. Or at least they didn’t use to be. As with all other aspects of dentistry today, and thanks to ever-evolving technology, even root canals are not so dreadful anymore. Most of the time, you don’t even see the root canal coming until it’s too late and wind up at the dentist’s office with a swollen or inflamed tooth. This is just one more reason why routine check-ups and cleanings benefit you more than you know.
Common Causes of Decayed or Infected Teeth
Don’t worry, we’re not here to judge you. Our dentists at Mission Viejo simply want to treat and educate you about oral health. Here are common causes a patient may need a root canal:
- Cracked tooth
- Deep cavity
- Gum abscess
- Gum infection
These can be prevented with a nutritious diet, proper oral care, and routine dental checkups. Make sure to consume enough calcium and Vitamin D for strong teeth and bones. It’s also important to brush and floss correctly every day.
All About the Root Canal Procedure
A root canal is in order to remove the infected pulp in a root canal and to keep it from spreading. The pulp contains the nerve, which needs to be removed if it damaged or infected. Otherwise, it can spread and cause more serious health complications.
Not to fear, the dentist can use anesthesia to eliminate pain during the procedure. A hole will be drilled into the tooth and then, the pulp, bacteria, and debris will be removed.
At New Generation Dentistry, our dentist can also provide pulp capping, but it will all depend on the severity of the situation and whether or not the infection has indeed penetrated the pulp. All options will be discussed with you to determine the best line of treatment.
Dental Care After a Root Canal
After a root canal, you may feel sensitivity or soreness in the mouth. The dentist can prescribe you over-the-counter pain medication. We advise patients to avoid excessive chewing, so the tooth can properly heal.
Updated for 2018.