What does root canal treatment involve?

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure used to treat a damaged or infected tooth.

During the procedure, the dentist will remove the infected or inflamed pulp from inside the tooth, clean and disinfect the pulp chamber and root canals, and then fill and seal the space with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. This process helps to prevent the spread of infection and save the tooth from extraction.

When does a tooth need a root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is typically needed when a tooth has deep decay, a cracked or broken tooth, or has had repeated dental procedures performed on it. The symptoms that indicate the need for a root canal treatment include severe tooth pain, sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling and tenderness in the gums, and discoloration of the affected tooth.

After the procedure, the tooth may feel sensitive for a few days, but this discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Most people can return to their normal activities the next day. It is important to follow
proper oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing and flossing, to ensure the longevity of the treated tooth.

Does my tooth need a crown after root canal treatment?

In many cases, a tooth will need a crown after root canal treatment.

The reason for this is that root canal treatment involves removing the infected or damaged pulp from inside the tooth, which weakens the tooth structure. This makes the tooth more susceptible to fracture or breakage. A crown can help to strengthen and protect the tooth from further damage.

Additionally, many teeth that require root canal treatment have large fillings or other damage that may weaken the tooth even further. In these cases, a crown can help to provide additional support and protection to the tooth.

However, not all teeth that have had root canal treatment require a crown. The need for a crown will depend on the extent of damage to the tooth, the location of the tooth in the mouth, and other factors. Your dentist will be able to evaluate your specific situation and recommend the appropriate treatment plan.

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