Something seems amiss with one of your teeth. Could it be a minor toothache, or is it a tooth infection?
Many of us have had a cavity filled before, but a root canal procedure is a bit different. During this treatment, your dentist will remove decayed or infected tissue from the inside of the damaged tooth.
If you notice any of the following symptoms, it’s time to call your dentist:
Has your dentist told you that you have an infected tooth? The phrase “root canal procedure” might make you clammy with discomfort. However, these are some of the most common dental procedures in Winnipeg, MB. Thanks to local anaesthesia, you’ll hardly feel a thing.
In a tooth, the root canal system contains pulp, which supplies a developing tooth with nutrients. But once the tooth is fully grown, it no longer needs those tissues. Your dentist can remove them to clear up the infection and repair the tooth. Then, they can fill in the chamber using a permanent filling material designed for root canals.
The treatment will begin when your dentist administers a local anaesthetic (a numbing agent). Once you’re fully numb, they will make an access hole in the tooth. Then, they’ll remove any infected dental pulp, nerves, or blood vessels. The area is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before it’s filled.
Once your root canal treatment is finished, your tooth may need reinforcement to support the structure of the filling. The root canal treatment removes a lot of natural tooth material, which makes it more prone to breaking. Your dentist may suggest capping the tooth with a porcelain or metal crown to protect it.
And that’s it! Overall, the procedure is similar to having a cavity filled.
In the days that follow your root canal surgery, you may notice swelling, increased sensitivity, and mild pain. To make your recovery more comfortable, follow these aftercare tips:
An over-the-counter painkiller, like ibuprofen, is usually sufficient to manage any discomfort from a root canal surgery. If you are experiencing severe pain, it’s a sign that something may have gone wrong—contact your dentist if you have any concerns.
To clear up any lingering bacteria or infection, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics before or after your root canal treatment.
You want to keep your natural teeth in mint condition. If you need a root canal in Winnipeg, MB, our experienced dentists are here to help.
Using advanced dentistry techniques, we can treat an infected tooth to alleviate your pain and restore your smile. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.