Endodontics deals with the nerves of your teeth. Root canals are probably the most notorious procedure in dentistry relating to endodontics. When a tooth becomes infected, the nerves in the root of the tooth usually cause it. The infected nerves need to be removed in order to relieve the discomfort and pain. If left untreated, an infection in the nerves of your teeth can turn into an abscess. This is a much more serious problem and even includes bone loss in the jaw.
During a root canal procedure, the area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic. The dentist will then drill into the tooth to create an opening. The dentist will then be able to remove the infected tissue and clean the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space needs to be filled with a sealant called gutta percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown because it will improve the appearance of the tooth and make it much more likely that the root canal is successful.
“Root canal” has become a scary term for dental patients to hear. The benefits of this dental procedure though make it all worth it in the end. Local anesthetics, proper pain medication and advances in dental technology and tools allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain. There may be some soreness following the procedure, but that is common for most dental procedures. Over the counter painkillers are usually enough to relieve any pain afterwards, but your dentist may prescribe stronger pain medication as well. The procedure will relieve you from pain caused by the infection, allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without fear of hot/cold sensitivity or biting too hard. If you are experiencing pain, consult your dentist about root canals today.