Endodontic treatment, also known as root canal therapy, is necessary when the soft inner tissue (known as the dental pulp) becomes inflamed or infected. This is usually the result of deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth.
When the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, it can begin to break down and damage the bone surrounding the tooth, forming an abscess. If left untreated, an abscess may damage the bone so much that the tooth will need to be extracted.
Root canal therapy removes the damaged pulp, disinfects the tooth, and restores the healthy portion of the tooth. The treated tooth should then function normally for years to come.
What Happens During An Endodontic Therapy?
During the procedure, the patient will first receive local anesthesia in order to numb the area. Then, the dentist will remove the infected or inflamed tissues from inside the tooth and reshape the canals. After that, the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed from further infection. A dental crown is often used to protect the tooth and enhance its appearance.
What Are the Benefits of Endodontic Therapy?
Strengthened tooth structure
When a tooth is infected, it can affect the tooth root structure. Without proper treatment, the tooth will continue to weaken and damage the jawbone. Endodontic therapy removes the infected tooth pulp and seals the tooth to prevent further infection. This prevents future tooth loss.
Elimination of infection
When infection is present, endodontic therapy may be recommended. If treatment is properly completed, the patient’s infection may be eliminated. Without endodontic treatment, the infection may persist. This may result in chronic pain, swelling, and illness, among other issues.
Prevention of tooth loss
Endodontic therapy can repair a tooth that is failing due to deep decay or infection. Your treated tooth can last a lifetime, especially if you continue to practice good oral hygiene and come in for regular dental checkups.
Improved comfort & appearance
When your root canal therapy is complete, your tooth will be stronger, possibly longer, and it should look and feel completely natural.
Elimination of pain and sensitivity
Endodontics can treat the nerves inside your tooth to eliminate any pain and sensitivity you feel with your tooth.
Protecting your overall health
This routine procedure can help protect your smile from further damage and disease.
What Are the Aftercare Tips for Endodontic Treatment?
- Try to chew on the other side of your mouth as much as possible until the tooth is restored.
- For the first 24 hours, eat only soft foods. Avoid tough meats such as beef or chicken. Instead, stick to soft options like yogurt, applesauce, and soup. Avoid any foods that may stick to the affected area of the tooth.
- Patients may experience some soreness, sensitivity, or discomfort after a root canal. This can be managed with over-the-counter medications and using a cold compress if needed.
- It’s important not to drink any alcoholic beverages. Alcohol can irritate your healing gums, which can delay healing.
- Practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss once a day.
- Visit the dentist for regular checkups.
To learn more about our dental services, you can schedule your appointment with our dentist by calling us at (512) 358-1215 or visiting us at 2711 La Frontera Blvd Suite 270, Round Rock, TX 78681. We will be happy to guide you further.