Why do I need a root canal?
There are many reasons why a patient may need a root canal, such as a fractured tooth. But the main reason dentists perform root canals is because of bacterial infection of the root canal. When the root canal is infected, there is a tremendous amount of pressure inside the tooth. At this point, the tooth will experience severe swelling and pain. This swelling and pain cannot be relieved. Unless the dentist uses instruments to drill through the surface of the tooth, the pressure can be released. Root canal treatment is the best solution for root canal infections.
What steps are required for root canal treatment
In brief, root canal treatment is generally divided into four steps. In the first step, the dentist relieves the patient’s pain. In the second step, the dentist uses medication to deactivate the pulp of the tooth. In the third step, the dentist removes the pulp from the inside of the root canal. In the fourth step, the patient may choose to have the dentist fill the tooth or wear a crown. For more detailed steps, see this article.
signs of infection after root canal
First signs of infection
After the dentist has relieved the patient’s pain, the patient’s tooth remains intensely swollen and painful. At this point, there is still pus inside the tooth and the tooth is not suitable for root canal treatment. This is because the dentist will need to drill through the surface of the tooth during the treatment. This operation can touch the nerves of the tooth and some patients may be in so much pain that they pass out.
Second sign of infection
The dentist will use medication to deactivate the pulp of the tooth. However, after the dentist places the medication, some people’s pulp is not completely deactivated. If the pulp is not completely deactivated, the root canal will still be infected. At this point, the dentist touches the pulp with an instrument and the tooth will experience a sharp stabbing pain. This grade of pain is similar to that of a pregnant woman giving birth and is unforgettable for the rest of your life.
The third sign of infection
After all the steps of the root canal treatment are completed, the tooth will no longer feel painful. However, some people experience pain in the tooth again after a period of time. If the root canal treatment is successful, the tooth is unlikely to have any pain. In other words, a patient’s pain after a root canal indicates that the root canal has failed. Therefore, if the tooth is painful after the root canal, then the root canal is infected again.
Patients should always follow their doctor’s orders to avoid post root canal infection. Also, dental crowns are very important. Patients should remember to wear crowns after root canal treatment.