What are root canals used for?
Root canals are used to prevent tooth loss when the pulp of a tooth is infected. The infected pulp is removed and replaced with a permanent filling material.
What are some signs that a root canal may be necessary?
Severe or consistent pain in the tooth area
Swollen or tender gums
Pain when chewing
Prolonged pain after exposure to hot or cold
Pimples on the gums
Decay or darkening of the gums
What can I expect during my root canal?
First, the inflamed or infected part inside of the tooth is removed. This space is carefully cleaned and disinfected, and then filled with material to seal the tooth and begin the healing process. The top of the tooth is then restored with a crown or filling.
What can I do to make my treatment as successful as possible?
Proper oral hygiene is crucial after a root canal, as teeth are especially susceptible to infection during this time. You should continue to brush twice daily—fluoride toothpaste is best to protect the affected tooth--and floss once daily. Take care to be gentle while brushing and flossing around the procedural area.