If your tooth has been harmed by a cavity or other problem, it may need root canal treatment. In most cases, root canals aren’t painful, and in some instances, the treated tooth experiences little or no additional problems after treatment.
A root canal re-treatment procedure is used when a tooth or teeth have been infected with cavities or otherwise damaged. To perform this treatment, a dentist will fill up the affected area with liquid that contains a mild anesthesia. This will numb the gums and lips, and make it possible for the dentist to reach the inner layers of the teeth. The treatment procedure can last a few hours to several days, depending on how severe the decay or other problem is. During the procedure, the dentist will also likely use other methods to help fill the jaw of the tooth as well.
There are two types of root canal treatment options. One uses a plastic mold of the tooth to be re-shaped. This mold is similar to the kind you’ll find at any cosmetic dentist’s office. Another option is to actually make a replica of the infected tooth. This process requires more careful work from the dentist, as he will need to carefully remove enough tooth structure to make a good replica of the infected tooth.
The best way to avoid suffering from a serious tooth problem is to make sure you get regular dental checkups. This means scheduling an appointment every six months for both the inside and out. Remember that dental problems can sometimes have a mysterious source; sometimes it is an infection in the root canal re-treatment procedure that has resulted in the problem. It is always best to contact your local dental professional for an endodontic procedure as soon as a problem arises.
If your tooth is successfully treated in either of these procedures, you should avoid picking at the affected tooth. In the initial period after treatment, it may feel slightly uncomfortable to bite down on the affected tooth. However, once the root canal re-treatment has been completed and the tooth is healed, your dentist will provide you with a special glass aftercare kit that will allow you to safely eat and drink. If the tooth was successfully treated, your dentist will inform you before he or she places a filling in the affected tooth. Failure to do so will result in the filling leaking or coming out in another manner.