Root Canal Treatment is a procedure meant to treat a tooth with a dead or dying nerve, which if left unattended can cause severe discomfort due to infection.
Nerve death is primarily caused by extensive tooth decay or trauma. A small hole is drilled in the tooth, on the top for molars and at the back for front teeth.
Special instruments are then placed in the root canal chamber to remove the nerve. During a couple of visits the root chamber is cleaned out and special medicine is placed inside to help kill any bacteria.
The root chamber is then filled with a thick rubbery material to prevent any further infection and sealed. There is always a slight chance a root canal may be unsuccessful and get re-infected.
A crown is recommended for root canal treated teeth as they tend to become brittle over time and fracture if not protected.
After Care Tips
If your procedure required numbing, you will need to be careful not to bite your lip, cheek or tongue, the numbness can last anywhere from 2 – 8 hours after the appointment, also avoid hot beverages or food.