Root canal procedures are performed when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected or the pulp becomes damaged. During the procedure, the nerve and pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. In the past, the only option was to have the tooth extracted; now a tooth can be saved that is badly decayed or becomes infected at your dentists in Sugar Land, TX
Signs you may need a root canal include:
- Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity/pain to heat or cold temperatures (after the hot or cold has been removed)
- Discoloration (a darkening) of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
- Sometimes no symptoms are present
Pain is always associated with root canals, but should actually be little to no pain during the procedure. The infection will only get worse with time if left untreated and the pain associated with that is greater.
Root canal treatment has a very good success rate, above 95%. Nevertheless, it is possible for the infection to resurface. In these cases, the treatment will need to be repeated.
After treatment, the treated tooth might exhibit some discoloration. The normal appearance can be recreated using one of several teeth whitening treatments. The root canal can also cause sensitivities for a few days when chewing and that will go away in time. The tooth will now be deprived of its sensitivity to cold, but does not lose its perception of chewing as the ligament that attaches the tooth to the bone is still alive.
The tooth is to be cared for in the same way as other natural teeth. Brush and floss daily, and visit your dentists in Sugar Land, TX for regular preventative dental check-ups.