Root Canal Treatment- What You Need To Know

fotolia_36520293_subscription_monthly_m-1024x682-600x300How many of you know what a root canal treatment is. Many of us have heard that root canal is expensive, painful and very lengthy. However, those who have not undergone the treatment may not have a clear idea of that. Dr Douglas McDonald is well known for his outstanding services in dental practice. Let’s take a look at what the actual root canal treatment means and what causes tooth problems.

What is Root Canal?

When a tooth becomes infected or shows signs of decay, the dentist tries to save it by doing a root canal. It is a procedure wherein the dentist cleans the inside of the decayed tooth, removes the nerve and pulp and seals it. This will prevent further decaying of the tooth. The dentist will take x-rays of your tooth and determine the extent of the damage. The treatment will be on the basis of this x-ray.

Symptoms that show you need a root canal

· Very severe and serious tooth pain .It happens when eating or pressure is applied on that area
· Tooth pain and sensitivity when it comes in touch with hot as well as cold objects. It also lingers after they have been removed
· Small, pimple-like bumps on gums near the painful tooth
· Discoloration or Darkening of affected tooth
· Tenderness or swelling in the gums near the painful tooth

Why does your tooth ache?

· Gum infections
· Teeth grinding
· Severe tooth decay
· Tooth fillings that are not treated
· Severe Tooth cavity
· Dental procedures are done repeatedly the on the tooth such as drilling, filling, and crowns
· Serious damage to the tooth ,for example, cracks or root fractures


The dentist creates a route to the Root by making an opening through the crown. Different files are used to remove and clean the infected areas and unhealthy pulp .The canals are filled with cement-like substance called gutta-percha to avoid further contamination. A temporary filling material is applied on over the gutta-percha to close and seal this opening. The filling remains until the dentist places a crown placed over the top of the tooth.

Will you get an infection during a root canal?

With proper care and treatment, there is no chance of getting an infection during or after the root canal treatment. A good dentist will take measures to relieve your pain and make you comfortable with the entire procedure.

What you should do to care for teeth after root canal

You may feel a bit uncomfortable after the root canal. However, with proper care and oral hygiene, this will reduce .You may experience sensitivity and slight pain. You will be administered drugs for relief. Always remember that the treated tooth will last a lifetime with you give it proper care. Root canals do have high success rates.

You need to

· brush teeth twice a day
· floss daily once

· Keep your follow ups to the dentist regularly

· Try not chewing on hard foods – These can cause teeth to break and can cause harm root canals.

Author: Ruth Miller

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