After A Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatments are a very serious procedure, and are performed only when a tooth becomes so decayed that the internal structures of the tooth become compromised. During the procedure, the hollow roots are enlarged and scooped out, and the internal structures of the tooth, the soft tooth pulp, and the dentine inside the tooth chamber are removed, and an antibiotic filling material is injected into the hollowed out tooth. The tooth is then sealed with a temporary filling, and the procedure is repeated until there is no more evidence of the initial infection. 


There can naturally be some complications during this treatment. The body may react very strongly to the antibiotic, and the immune reaction may be so severe that medical intervention may become necessary. The immune reaction usually manifests itself as swelling, and the entire side of the face can swell up to 3 or 4 times its normal size. The gums can also swell and bleed excessively as an immune reaction. 

The tooth itself and the surrounding area may hurt quite a bit. There may be damage and some of the tissues, especially the soft tissues may be hurt on account of the procedure and the swelling. The nerve may also be inflamed from the procedure, and this may hurt. This is quite natural and to be expected. If the pain does not go away in 72 hours, however, then you will need to contact an emergency dentist and get the thing looked at. 

Root canal or extraction?

Despite the best efforts of dentists, some teeth simply cannot be saved. In these cases, the tooth may have to be extracted. Teeth typically need to be removed when they do not fulfil their function anymore, and are only there to become vehicles for infection. If too much of the tooth has succumbed to decay, then there needs to be an extraction.

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