What is a root canal?

The word root canal is dreaded by most people. People have the idea that it is a very painful and complicated procedure. However, that is not at all true. Root canal has evolved a lot over the past few decades. Nowadays, the entire process is very quick and simple. You won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the process.

When is root canal necessary: If your tooth decay is benign, then it can be treated with the help of a crown or a filling. However, if the decay is at an advanced stage, then it will affect the central region of the tooth where all the roots and nerves are found. In that case, root canal is necessary to save the tooth. Because if you don’t do anything about the tooth, then it will decay further and you will end up losing the tooth.

Procedure: Contrary to popular belief, the process is actually quite simple. In order to make sure that there is no pain, you will first receive a local anesthesia. After your mouth has become numb, the doctor will then make a very small opening in the infected tooth. After that, the doctor will remove all the nerves and pulp to make sure that there is no infection. Once the infection is completely removed, a composite material will be used to cover up the infected tooth, in order to make sure that it is free from bacteria. In case the damage is severe, you may also need a crown for further protection.

Benefits: Some of the main benefits of root canal are:

1. Reduce pain: The principle benefit of root canal is that you no longer have to suffer from the pain and sensitivity in your infected tooth. You will also be able to chew properly again without any discomfort.

2. Improve your dental appearance: Apart from getting rid of the pain, root canal will also help you get that beautiful smile back. When your appearance is improved, then it automatically increases your self confidence.

3. Better health: Living with an infected tooth is risky. If you don’t do anything about it, then the infection will spread further and may damage the surrounding tooth as well. You will ending up losing a tooth and this will create gaps and affect your overall appearance. However, doing a root canal will solve all these problems.

Success Rate: Root canal is a very safe and successful procedure with a success rate of more than 95 percent. Teeth with are fixed with root canal can last a lifetime. And at the end of the root canal process, a crown is usually inserted in the infected tooth. Hence, no one will be able to realize that root canal was performed on that tooth.

What to expect after root canal: In most cases, you will be able to get back to your normal routine from the next day only. However, in case the infection was very severe before the process, the tooth may feel a bit sensitive for the next few days. You can control the sensitivity with the help of OTC medicines like Naproxen.

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