Saving An Infected Tooth

Dental treatments can be necessary for preserving your appearance and your overall oral health. Depending on the particular tooth damage or issue that you are experiencing, a root canal may be necessary to prevent further damage and complications. 

A Root Canal Can Be The Last Resort For Attempting To Save An Infected Tooth

A root canal is generally a last resort option for saving a tooth that has developed a severe infection. A root canal procedure will involve the removal of the majority of tissue from inside the tooth, which can remove the infection so that it will stop progressing. Without this option, the infection will rapidly worsen, which can result in the tooth being completely lost. However, a root canal will be able to remove this infection before this can happen. Due to the fact that this treatment will involve the removal of all of the interior tissue of the tooth, this is a procedure that individuals should only expect to have to undergo once.

The Crown Is Essential For Protecting The Tooth From Future Damage

At the end of the root canal procedure, the dentist will need to apply a crown to the tooth. This crown is an essential part of this treatment as the tooth will be weakened by the removal of the interior tissue. Without the crown, the tooth may be weak enough to break or even shatter. Due to the important support and protection that the crown will provide your tooth, a person should seek prompt attention from a dentist if their crown starts to loosen or even detaches from the tooth. Generally, the dentist will be able to reapply the crown so that the tooth will continue to be protected.

The Recovery Time For Root Canal Patients Is Relatively Short

While a root canal is a relatively major dental procedure, it is also a procedure that will have a relatively light recovery. In the immediate hours after a root canal, a patient may experience some soreness and mild swelling. For most patients, the soreness from the root canal procedure will only last for a couple of days after the procedure. Some patients may also need some time to adjust to the sensation of their crown, but this should be quick as long as the crown was properly sized and securely placed on the patient's tooth that underwent the root canal.

Talk to your dentist to learn more about root canals.