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What is a Root Canal Treatment?
A root canal is a treatment used to save a badly decayed tooth. Root canal is needed when the inside of the tooth (the pulp) becomes inflamed or infected as a result of deep decay, repeated dental procedures, faulty crowns or a crack/chip in the tooth. Even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks, trauma to your tooth may cause pulp damage. without treatment, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
Root Canal Procedure
During the root canal treatment, Dr. Kim will numb the tooth. When the tooth is fully numb, Dr.Kim will place a dental dam, a small sheet of rubber, to keep the tooth clean and dry during the procedure. The infected pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. This process reduces the risk for further infection. Then, the tooth is filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Finally, the opening in the tooth will be sealed with a temporary filling until the tooth is restored with a crown. After the tooth is restored with a crown or filling, the tooth can continue to function like any other tooth.
What should I expect after the root canal?
For the first few days, the tooth may feel sensitive due to natural tissue inflammation, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This sensitivity or discomfort can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen (Advil). Most patients can return to their normal activities the next day.