When your tooth’s innermost layer known as pulp becomes inflamed or infected, root canal treatment is necessary in order to reduce pain and save your tooth. The goal of root canal treatment is to remove the pulp, clean the inside of the tooth and restore it so that you can return to your usual activities. A root canal treatment may take one or two visits to the dentist.
How Root Canal Treatments Work
You will be given oral sedation for a root canal treatment. Once the sedative has numbed your mouth and relaxed you, the dentist will drill into your tooth to reach the pulp. The diseased pulp is removed, and then the inside of your tooth is cleaned and sealed. A filling is placed so that the crown of your tooth is restored. If there was any decay in the enamel or dentin of your tooth, that will also be removed and filled. In some cases, a temporary crown might be placed on the treated tooth. You will return to the office to have a permanent, custom-made crown placed in one or two weeks.
When Root Canal Treatment Is Needed
Root canal treatment might be needed for severe tooth decay. A cracked tooth may also need a root canal. Tooth injuries are another reason why some people end up needing root canal treatment.
What to Expect After Root Canal Treatment
After your root canal treatment is complete, you may feel groggy from the sedative, and your mouth might feel sore for a day or two after the procedure. To help fight any infections, the dentist may write you a prescription for oral antibiotics. You should not have any ongoing tooth pain after your root canal treatment.