Root Canal Treatment:
Everything You Need to Know
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure that is performed by Shawn Monahan, DMD to save a damaged or infected tooth. This treatment involves removing the damaged or infected pulp from inside the tooth and then sealing it to prevent further infection. The procedure is also known as endodontic therapy and is a commonly performed dental treatment.
At Monahan Dentistry and Implant Center, we provide comprehensive dental health services, including root canal therapy. Our team of experienced and skilled dental professionals is dedicated to providing personalized and compassionate care to our patients. In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about root canal treatment, including symptoms, the procedure, recovery, and more.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a part of the tooth that contains the pulp, which is made up of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When the pulp becomes damaged or infected due to decay, trauma, or other reasons, it can cause severe pain, sensitivity, and swelling. In such cases, root canal therapy is required to save the tooth and prevent the spread of infection to other teeth.
Symptoms of Root Canal Infection
Some common symptoms of root canal infection include:
- Severe toothache
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
- Swelling around the affected tooth
- Discoloration of the tooth
- Pain when biting or chewing
- Pus or drainage from the affected tooth
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should contact Monahan Dentistry and Implant Center immediately to schedule an appointment.
Root Canal Procedure
The root canal procedure typically involves the following steps:
1. Examination and X-Rays
Before the procedure, your dentist will examine your tooth and take X-rays to determine the extent of the damage and the number of roots that need treatment.
Local anesthesia will be administered to numb the affected tooth and surrounding area.
3. Removal of Damaged Pulp
Your dentist will make an opening in the crown of the tooth to access the damaged pulp and remove it using special instruments.
4. Cleaning and Shaping of the Root Canal
The root canal will be cleaned and shaped to prepare it for filling.
5. Filling of the Root Canal
The root canal will be filled with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha to seal it and prevent further infection.
6. Placement of a Crown
A crown may be placed on the treated tooth to protect it and restore its function and appearance.
Recovery After Root Canal Treatment
After the procedure, you may experience some discomfort and sensitivity, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and ice packs. It is also essential to follow Dr. Monahan's post-operative instructions, including avoiding hard and chewy foods, maintaining good oral hygiene, and attending follow-up appointments.