Root canal treatment and what it entails

2009 June 13
by Asha Sood

Though many people may agree that our teeth are one of the strongest parts of our body, they can become damaged or start to decay if not taken care of. An infected tooth nerve is a problem that people may face. If you develop this problem an effective solution is root canal treatment. You will know you have an infected tooth if you experience the following:

  • Pain and swelling
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Cold and heat sensitivity

A root canal treatment involves the opening of the top of the infected tooth to reveal the pulp chamber. The affected tissue is then carefully removed and cleaned with a dental file and the canal is shaped before receiving the filling material. Root canal treatment generally takes a few appointments to be completed.

After a root canal treatment, experiencing discomfort is normal, especially while chewing. In order to reduce pain, patients are usually given medication. However, if you want to reduce the swelling and pain further, rinsing the mouth with warm salt water can help.

While you are undergoing the procedure and between appointments protecting the tooth and keeping the temporary one in place is important. Things that can be done to help include refraining from sticky foods like chewing gum, avoiding foods that are difficult to chew and chewing on the other side of the mouth may also help.

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  1. December 18, 2012

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