A root canal is a common treatment, and a necessary treatment, used when the pulp (the soft tissue inside the tooth) becomes infected. There are many different causes, including: a decay deep inside the tooth, the result of repeated dental procedures on a tooth, or damage done—chip, crack, etc.—to the tooth. The problem with this infected pulp is that if it’s allowed to persist, a patient will have intense pain and the infection could even lead to an abscess. The symptoms are: a sensitivity to hot or cold, possibly a tender soreness while chewing, or the tooth could even become discolored. However, sometimes a patient will feel no symptoms at all, which makes routine checkups at the dentist important. An infected tooth that does not receive treatment could be lost. A root canal will not only get rid of any symptom a patient may feel, but it will also save his or her smile.
What happens during a root canal?
Dr. Kenneth Bagby will scrap out that infected pulp within the tooth. He will then carefully clean the inside of the root canal, and then he will seal that space. He will then place a crown or other filling-type device to seal off the tooth, which will allow that tooth to function just like any other tooth. There is little to no discomfort involved during a root canal procedure. It may sound invasive, but remember it’s a localized procedure involving just one infected tooth.
What happens after the root canal?
After a root canal a patient can continue to eat and live just as they had before. And in fact, the repaired tooth will likely continue to be reliable, indefinitely. A patient will still need to brush their teeth at least twice daily, and to floss once—even a sealed tooth is susceptible to cavities and gum disease.
If you are experiencing any symptoms like the ones mentioned, or, if you just need to get in to see Dr. Bagby for your routine checkup, make sure to call today.