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Root Canal Procedure After Traumatic Tooth Injury
Traumatic tooth injuries often warrant the need for a root canal. The procedure itself can significantly improve a person’s oral and dental health. General dentists perform root canals for many reasons, but one of the most common is to treat tooth injuries.
Want to know what to expect from a root canal procedure after a traumatic tooth injury? In this article, we discuss it in depth! Root canals can help treat a tooth injury. Keep reading to find out more!
Root canal procedure after a traumatic tooth injury
Below, we outline everything there is to know regarding root canals after a traumatic tooth injury takes place.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a procedure that involves fixing and treating a tooth that is in bad shape due to injury, decay or infection. General dentists perform root canals when patients have severe problems within their teeth. Most of the time, there is a lot of pain and discomfort prior to the root canal.
What is the procedure like?
A root canal procedure consists of a few steps. Most general dentists recommend that patients go under local anesthesia during the procedure to avoid pain and anxiety. The steps of the procedure are as follows:
1. The general dentist will remove the nerve and pulp within the tooth through a drilled hole in the tooth.
2. The interior portion of the tooth is cleaned out to remove any bacteria. It is then temporarily sealed so that further bacteria can’t get in. In the case of an injury, the interior portion of the tooth is cleaned, repaired and then sealed.
3. After a period of healing, the patient will return and have the temporary filling removed so that a permanent seal can be placed.
4. Most of the time, restoration is needed to complete the root canal procedure. A general dentist can then go in and place a dental crown so that functionality can be restored.
The root canal procedure is relatively straightforward, however, once the procedure is complete most people experience some discomfort or minor pain. If a traumatic injury was the cause for the procedure then there will likely be a significant period of time required for healing to take place.
When is a root canal needed?
Root canals are needed when the teeth get infected or become severely decayed. In the case that a traumatic injury occurs, a general dentist may also recommend the root canal procedure to avoid further damage. Root canals can remove bacterial infections, as well as repair a damaged tooth.
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