A root canal is usually the result of not taking care of a cavity when it starts. The longer you allow a cavity to grow, the more damage it causes. The cavity can lead to damaged nerve tissue and infection.
At some point, a simple filling is not enough. The cavity will spread to the root of the teeth and to the gums. That is when a root canal becomes necessary.
The Root Canal Procedure
The goal of the root canal procedure is to remove all the damage of the tooth. The root canal procedure removes the pulp of the tooth and the damaged nerve tissue. It also removes any bacteria that causes the infection in the tooth. The root canal procedure involves removing more of the tooth and tissue than a normal cavity requires. The work is more extensive and there are more risks for problems during the recovery time if not taken care of properly.
It is important to follow the aftercare instructions following a root canal. Not protecting the teeth can lead to a variety of other problems. Because part of the root canal procedure involves dealing with the infection, there is a need to use medications to help fight the infection. Medication on the site of the root canal can help resolve it entirely.
Because of the medicine placed on the root canal site needs to remain in place, a temporary filling seals the site after the procedure. The temporary filling can remain in place for about a week until the infection is completely cleared, and a permanent filling is put in place. While the temporary filling is in place, it is important to continue to brush, but to do so carefully to allow the tooth to heal.
A root canal is a surgical procedure and that means a person needs to make sure they give their body the chance to recover. That means taking steps to protect the tooth and making sure you do not damage the surgical site until it heals.
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