A root canal is a procedure that helps relieve pain due to an abscessed or infected tooth. It involves the removal of the inflamed pulp before cleaning, disinfecting, and filling the tooth. A root canal is necessary when injury or decay affects the tooth’s nerve or blood supply. The tooth will usually darken, indicating the death of the nerve. Treatment can help prevent tooth removal.
A pediatric root canal is necessary when bacteria affect the pulp in the tooth. It usually occurs when a cavity has been untreated for a long time. Untreated cavities worsen and can cause irreversible damage.
A root canal can also be necessary if the tooth is damaged or cracked from trauma. Infected pulp spreads through the tooth and can lead to an abscess. It is an inflamed section where pus can collect, causing tissue swelling. An abscess can cause a dull ache or severe pain.
Several symptoms can indicate a child needs a root canal. They include:
· A persistent toothache that does not go away.
· Sensitivity to cold or hot food or drinks.
· A boil or pimple on the gums.
· Tender or swollen gums.
· Tooth discoloration.
· Loose tooth.
· Pain when chewing or applying pressure to the tooth.
· A cracked or chipped tooth.
· A swollen jaw.
There are things you can do to prepare for a root canal. The dentist may prescribe medications, especially if the tooth is infected. Anti-inflammatory medications or antibiotics are prescribed a few days before the procedure.
The dentist may recommend consuming a healthy meal before the treatment. The mouth will be numb for several hours after the root canal. It is helpful to eat well before the appointment. Root canal therapy can take 30 to 60 minutes.
The dentist will take X-rays of the tooth before the root canal to assess the extent of the damage. Several steps are involved in the treatment. They include:
· Administering anesthesia.
· Placement of a dental dam over the area.
· Creating an access hole on the crown.
· Pulp removal.
· Cleaning and disinfecting the tooth.
· Tooth filling.
· Sealing the tooth.
Root canals are usually quite successful. The treatment can help restore the tooth’s natural appearance. However, follow-up care is crucial for the successful outcome of root canal therapy. Failing to implement proper aftercare can necessitate tooth extraction.
Good oral hygiene is vital for maintaining good dental health. Reducing the consumption of sugary foods and drinks and brushing the teeth with fluoride toothpaste after meals is essential. Most patients experience significant pain after root canal therapy.
Tooth sensitivity after the treatment is normal. OTC pain relievers can manage the discomfort. Regular dental visits are a crucial part of successful root canal therapy. Regular checkups will help monitor the condition of the tooth. It can also help detect issues in other teeth.
For more on the role of follow-up care in ensuring successful pediatric root canal outcomes, contact Today’s Family Dental at our Lutz or Tampa, Florida, office or call (813) 370-1700 or (813) 212-8700 to schedule a consultation today.