chew properly using appropriate biting force
A root canal, or a dental extraction, is a form of cosmetic dentistry where a dentist cleans, removes, and replaces the damaged or infected tooth. Root canal treatments can be performed for both adults and children. A root canal usually removes the infected (or inflamed) tooth. The infected or inflamed root canal and pulp chamber are thoroughly cleaned out and then refilled with new material to protect the affected area from future damage. Root canal treatments help to keep the natural chewing function of the tooth intact so patients can continue to chew properly using appropriate biting force.
The affected area is temporarily protected from infection by the dentist while he or she removes the infected tissue using a root canal treatment. The root canal treatment causes minimal damage to the surrounding bone and soft tissue structures because the dentist is able to see into the pulp through a small hole located in the tooth’s crown. The dentist then uses instruments like a drill and a scalpel to remove the tooth’s roots. The infection and other tissues that are affected are removed from the tooth by a physician after the patient passes through local anesthesia.
discomfort when the jaw is open during the day or sleep
A patient may have mild to severe pain immediately following the root canal treatment. This pain usually will improve as the days go by. Sometimes the pain may cause a patient to miss a few days of work. Some patients find that their tooth may cause them some discomfort when the jaw is open during the day or sleep. When the tooth has been moved forward, the crown may rub on the adjacent teeth causing discomfort.
Some people notice that their gums have a whitish color after a root canal treatment. Others may feel some soreness in their teeth. If the pain is bad, the patient may feel the need to use a pain reliever to make it easier to eat or speak. The affected teeth may feel stiff or uncomfortable to the touch.
visit to your dental care provider
Patients should be aware that it may take up to six months for the gums to heal and be back to their normal appearance. Patients should not scrape or dig at their teeth during this period. The pain associated with this type of procedure can cause extreme pain and bleeding, so you should consult with your dental care provider immediately. If a tooth filling is necessary after the procedure, the filling may be sedated with a low dosage of sedation so it will be easier to eat or speak after the procedure.
If you feel significant pain after the procedure, you may need to get more than one visit to your dental care provider. The pain that you experience after a root canal treatment procedure is quite similar to moderate to severe gum disease. This is why it is important to follow all of your doctor’s instructions. Pain killers are often prescribed to alleviate the pain as well as numbing agents that make it easier to talk. Your dental care provider will provide more information about what you can expect from these appointments and how to prevent gum disease or infection in the future.