Root canal procedures save severely damaged or diseased teeth from being extracted. The soft tissue inside the infected tooth is removed and the pulp chamber is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This process ends any further decay or the spread of infection, effectively saving the infected tooth.
Left untreated, an infected or abscessed tooth will only get worse and will likely need to be extracted. An abscess is a pocket filled with pus that develops when bacteria gets into the tooth root. It is crucial to treat the infected tooth before an abscess blooms.
Minor soreness and tissue tenderness around the infected tooth is not uncommon after root canal procedures. Swelling and discomfort is normal but is typically short-lived with proper after-care. Expect to experience at least some level of pain post root canal treatment.
Root canal therapy is a two-step process that includes the initial surgery and having a final dental crown placed over the treated tooth. The crown protects the weakened tooth and prevents further decay. During the post root canal healing phase, keep up with good oral hygiene practices and care for the affected tooth before the final visit. After root canal procedures the tooth structure is very fragile and can break easily. Once the permanent crown is placed, your once infected tooth is completely restored.
You can avoid having to undergo another root canal treatment by practicing proper oral hygiene every day. At least twice daily tooth brushing, flossing at least once per day and visiting your dentist for routine check-ups and professional teeth cleanings are essential. It is also important to limit high-acid, sugar-laden and starchy foods that are known to contribute to tooth decay.