November 18 2019 by Refresh Dental
Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a safe and effective way of saving a tooth from an inflamed or infected tooth pulp.
When such an infection occurs to a tooth or its surrounding area(s), it can cause severe pain and inflammation to the nerves and blood vessels which make up the tooth pulp. Root canal treatment is a procedure where a dental professional removes an infected, injured or dead pulp from the tooth.
Although root canal treatment is a highly safe and effective treatment for most cases, not all symptoms of tooth pain require a root canal treatment. If you're unsure, we recommend for you to book an appointment with your dentist to get examined as soon as possible.
Root canals are usually the last step of tooth restoration before having to extract a tooth in an unsalvageable state; dental professionals will generally advise patients to get a root canal treatment when all other options of tooth restoration have been exhausted.
If given the option to save a tooth by getting a root canal, it is highly recommended for you to do so. Getting a root canal can help to prevent further damage, inflammation and infection to decaying tooth enamel and its surrounding areas.
Prevention of a tooth extraction can help keep the rest of your teeth in alignment, prevent jaw issues which could arise from tooth loss, and can help you avoid costly procedures, such as getting an artificial tooth to replace an extracted one.
A root canal treatment is typically completed in 1 to 2 sessions, but sometimes a second root canal treatment is necessary. In more severe cases, your dentist may refer you to an endodontist or root canal specialist to examine your case.
After getting a root canal treatment, the treatment area may feel tender or sensitive for the first 1 to 2 weeks. Please visit your dental professional if you experience severe pain or swelling after the treatment as these symptoms are not normal.
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