Some patients who require root canal therapy experience little to no symptoms. However, evidential signs that a root canal is necessary include:
Dull, lingering toothache
Dark tooth discoloration
Swollen, bleeding gums
Sensitivity when chewing or biting
Left untreated, severe decay or dental trauma may cause damage to a lead to infection in the tooth.
In the U.S. alone, root canals save roughly 24 million teeth each year.
A root canal involves removing the pulp first. Then it’s replaced with either a permanent crown or filling to seal off the canal from the surrounding tissues. In addition to eliminating tooth pain, root canals are the best alternative to tooth extraction.
What Happens After a Root Canal?
Once your root canal therapy is complete, you will need to return to your dentist to complete your tooth restoration. With the proper treatment, a restored tooth can last just as long as the rest of your natural teeth.
A tooth that has gone through root canal therapy is weakened, brittle, and prone to fractures. Your dentist may suggest the following treatment options to support the fragile tooth:
Crown placement If your tooth did not have a crown before RCT, you will need one placed right away. After a root canal, the tooth will become dry and brittle because of the nerve and blood supply removal. A dental crown holds the tooth together, providing much-needed strength and durability.
Permanent filling If the infected tooth already has a crown, your endodontist (a dentist specializing in saving teeth) will likely create a small access point on the top of the crown to perform the root canal therapy. In this case, your dentist may place a tooth-colored filling on the crown. Permanent fillings (composite resins) create solid, natural-looking repairs and strengthen your smile.
Care After Root Canal Therapy
After root canal therapy, you should continue your normal dental routine, brushing twice a day and flossing daily. You may experience minor inflammation and sensitivity for a few days following treatment.
Dentistry at East Piedmont provides a thorough new patient consultation so you can learn about ways you can improve your smile.
If you think you need root canal therapy or you are experiencing tooth pain, our dentists will thoroughly examine your teeth to determine the severity of your condition and the best course of action.
Dr. Patel not only offers continually current state-of-the-art treatment options to all his patients here in Georgia, but he also stays connected to giving back and serving patients around the world with needs for dental care. He annually travels to foreign countries to provide dental services to children, elderly, and every age in-between in parts of the world where these services are not available to people that live there, through the highly respectable Flying Doctors of America program, of which Dr. Patel is a member of the board. Dr. Patel and his staff are consistently improving and implementing the newest technologies through the top seminars across the country. He is also a graduate of the Hornbrook Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry Continuum, which only about 5 percent of dentists worldwide have completed.