Millions of teeth are treated every year with root canal, or endodontic, treatment. If you are having your first procedure performed, then you may be feeling concerned about the entire procedure. Taking into consideration all the stories that have been suggested, you may be tempted to think that the treatment causes pain. However, this is only a myth. The truth is that endodontic treatment does not cause pain, in fact it relives pain. If you want to know what will happen ahead of time, then you should read this short guide to Ottawa root canal treatment.
Definition of endodontic treatment
Inside the tooth, there is a small tissue named the pulp, which contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. The pulp helps the root grow during development, especially during childhood when it creates the surrounding hard tissue of the tooth. When the tooth is fully developed, it can survive without the help of the pulp because it will continue to be nourished by the tissues that surround it. Root canal treatment is only necessary when the soft tissue inside the root canal, namely the pulp, becomes inflamed or even infected. The causes are numerous, but mention can be made of tooth decay, chips, fractures and root fractures. Any one of the aforementioned causes can result in inflammation of the pulp, which leads to tooth pain.
How endodontic treatment saves your tooth
Your dentist will first inspect your medical history and the medications you are taking in order to make sure that the treatment is safe. If you happen to be nervous, the endodontist will prescribe you an oral sedative or anti-anxiety medication. To be able to treat the tooth and the surrounding areas, the dentist will administer local anesthesia via injections. The endodontist will afterwards start removing the inflamed or infected pulp, while carefully cleaning and shaping the inside of the root canal. The root canal is filled and the space sealed. Last but not least, you will have to return to your dentist to have a crown or another kind of restoration placed on the tooth. This is necessary to protect and restore its full function.
No pain after the procedure
Since endodontic procedures are performed in order to relieve pain in patients, you will feel comfortable during the procedure. While you may be a little bit sensitive the first days following the procedure, especially if the pulp was inflamed or infected, you can relive the discomfort with off-the-counter medication. Some time after the procedure, your tooth will feel slightly different, but you will not feel pain.