Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic therapy, is a dental treatment for removing infection from inside a tooth. It can also protect the tooth from future infections.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.

Fast facts about root canal therapy

  • Root canal therapy is used to remove nerves from the pulp of a tooth.
  • It is thought to be very painful but is a pain-relieving treatment.
  • The procedure often referred to as root canal is called endodontic therapy.
  • Root canal therapy costs vary, but it is a less costly option than having a tooth removed and replaced with a crown or bridge.

What are the steps?

Root canal therapy is done in three steps, and it takes between one and three sessions to complete.

  1. Opening of the root canal
  2. Cleaning of the root canal
  3. Sealing of the Root Canal by sealant material

Are there any post-treatment guidelines after a root canal procedure?

The post-treatment guidelines of root canal treatment include:

  • Take the antibiotics as advised by the dentist.
  • Maintaining good oral hygiene is extremely important, with regular brushing and teeth flossing.
  • It is advisable to not eat or drink anything for a couple of hours after root canal treatment. Since the treated area is numb, there are chances of accidentally biting your teeth or tongue while eating. You can eat after the numbness wears off.
  • Avoid hard and crunchy foods for a few days after a root canal treatment.
  • If the opening on your teeth has been filled with temporary filling, chances are that some of the filling may wear off in between appointments. If the entire filling wears off you need to consult your dentist immediately.

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