A root canal is an emergency procedure that can be used to save a tooth on the verge of death. Dying teeth can have extensive nerve and underlying gum damage. The procedure is done by removing the pulp and ridding the canals of damaged nerves and rotting flesh.
If you are suffering from chronic pain in the face, jaw, and neck areas along with the swelling of gums these or signs that you need a root canal. Other key factors to look out for are sudden tooth sensitivity and discoloration.
Root canals are one of two options when it comes to extremely severe tooth decay, the other being to remove the decayed tooth entirely. However, the purpose of a root canal is to fill in the damaged and decayed area of the tooth to make it equally as effective as your other teeth.
As with every other dental procedure, the dentist will give you a numbing agent to take care of the pain. Then once you are sufficiently dosed with anesthesia, drilling and the damaged nerves and rotten flesh remove the top of the tooth are extracted along with the pulp. The area is then washed with clean water and flushed with sodium hypochlorite before filling it with gutta-percha for the final seal.
Your dentist may need you to return to their office in the upcoming days to have the tooth crowned. Crowns are tooth-shaped sleeves that fit over the affected tooth. This will restore the tooth‚Äôs shape, size, and strength allowing it to blend in with the others.