Colgate’s website states that the ‘root canal procedure itself is painless’. Does this surprise you?
They explain that the pain people feel is due to infection in the tooth rather than the treatment itself, which is always conducted after a local anaesthetic has been administered. They also mention that the area around the tooth may feel sensitive following the procedure, and the tooth will probably be sensitive to cold and hot beverages for a few days afterwards.
Saving Faces endodontists say that over-the-counter medicine can be used to relieve the slight discomfort the patient may feel after the surgery. They also explain that ‘modern techniques ensure it is no more bothersome than a standard dental procedure’.
Here is an overview of the root canal process:
1. Your dentist will take an X-ray image of your teeth to examine where the decay is located.
2. Anaesthesia will be applied to the affected tooth and gum.
3. The diseased tooth pulp, or the infected substance causing pain inside your tooth, will be removed.
4. The gap inside the root that has been opened will be filled and sealed off.
You might be advised to avoid eating solid food for a few days after the procedure.
Tooth Life After Surgery
Many people believe that even with root canal work, the affected tooth will eventually have to be extracted because it is weakened by the root canal treatment. Experts say, however, that with proper care your treated tooth can last a lifetime. There are many tips on how to care for your tooth after you have undergone a root canal treatment:
1. Practice good oral hygiene by brushing teeth at least twice a day. You must also floss at least once every day.
2. Regularly visit your dentists and hygienists for cleaning and checkups.
3. Avoid chewing hard food.
So, just follow these tips and get that treatment you have been avoiding.