A root canal procedure is meant to repair and save a badly decayed or injured tooth. During the procedure, the soft area in the center of the tooth (otherwise known as the pulp) and the nerve are removed. The dentist then cleans the inside of the tooth and seals it.
The procedure is not one that is a first choice. However, it becomes necessary in certain cases. These include when a tooth is extremely decayed, abscessed, suffering bone loss around the tip of the root, severely injured or causing other issues.
The procedure solves the issues caused by a problem tooth. The infection, if any is present, is removed. Swelling is eliminated. Once treatment is complete, the patient can expect to no longer suffer pain in the tooth.
There are various things to expect after undergoing the procedure. However, the thing that a patient should most expect after a root canal is to feel better. This may happen after initial work. However, it is often not instantaneous. Some discomfort may be felt until the procedure is completed with the final seal being set.
There are steps that can be taken as to avoid needing to undergo another procedure. Good dental hygiene via regular brushing and flossing will help. Avoiding sugar-laden foods is another step to help ensure the good oral health, and in turn, the avoidance of tooth decay. Also, patients should make a point of visiting the dentist regularly; this helps to ensure that problems will be caught and dealt with early before they get to the stage of needing this procedure again.