The Benefits of Root Canal Treatments

Posted by Iyad Altwal on Aug 1 2023, 07:28 AM

A root canal is a procedure to save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. At City Family Dental, the dentist will remove the pulp and nerve tissue from the tooth, clean it and then fill and seal it. This procedure is necessary when the decay has reached the tooth's nerve. If the infection is not treated, it can spread to other parts of the mouth and cause more severe problems. Root canals are beneficial because they save your teeth from extraction. They also relieve pain caused by an infected tooth.

The Signs of a Root Canal

Persistent Tooth Pain

Severe and persistent toothache, especially when chewing or applying pressure to the affected tooth, is a common sign of root canal problems. The pain may also be throbbing or sharp and extend to the jaw, ear, or other face areas.

Sensitivity to Heat and Cold

Increased sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures that lingers after the stimulus is removed can indicate nerve damage or infection inside the tooth.

Tooth Discoloration

The affected tooth may change color, appearing darker or grayish compared to surrounding teeth. This discoloration can result from internal damage to the tooth's pulp.

Painful Pus or Abscess

The development of a pimple-like bump on the gums near the affected tooth may indicate an infection in the root canal. A foul taste or drainage of pus can accompany this.

The Benefits of Root Canal Treatments

  • Root canal treatments alleviate severe tooth pain by removing the infected pulp and nerve tissue.
  • Root canals allow you to keep your natural tooth even if it's severely damaged or infected, maintaining chewing function and preventing tooth shifting.
  • By removing infected pulp and disinfecting the root canals, root canals prevent the spread of infection and dental abscess formation.
  • With proper care, a root canal-treated tooth can last a lifetime, making it a durable and cost-effective option.
  • Keeping natural teeth through root canal treatments helps maintain the jawbone and facial structure.

The Procedure for Root Canal Treatments

During your root canal procedure, the dentist will first numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Next, they will create a small opening in the tooth's crown to access the pulp chamber. They will then remove the infected pulp and clean the tooth's canals. Once the canal is clean, they will fill and seal it with a filling or crown.

After the procedure, you may experience some discomfort for a few days. However, the pain should not be severe and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Following your dentist's aftercare instructions is essential to ensure a successful recovery.

Root canal treatments are essential for saving infected teeth, relieving pain, and restoring oral health and functionality. If you experience any signs of tooth infection or damage, visit City Family Dental at 1317 Oakdale Rd Suite 310, Modesto, CA 95355, or call (209) 554-1700 to book an appointment. 

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