What is a root canal?
Endodontics is to remove the diseased pulp tissue, ie infected tissue inside the tooth ducts, as well as cleaning and preparing (instrumentation and irrigation) these lines to the end of its roots (apex). Subsequently these roots are filled with a biocompatible material to achieve a good seal.
What symptoms indicate that you have to perform a root canal?
Specialists in dentistry and stomatology say the most common symptom is acute pain that occurs when releasing the pressure to stop biting. However, there may be other symptoms such as pain on chewing, with variable patterns of referred pain and sensitivity to temperature changes. There may also be a chronic pulp inflammation which is characterized by the formation of an abscess at the point of carious exposure. There are cases that do not cause pain, although this may occur if the impacted food impede drainage or sudden inoculation of contaminants in the pulp tissue occurs.
How many sessions are needed?
In most root canal treatments can be done in one session, although in some cases may be necessary, or desirable, two or more sessions.
Does it hurt to get a root canal?
Root canal treatment is performed under local anesthesia. Endodontics and finished past the anesthesia, you may receive some discomfort in chewing for a few days due to irritation of the periodontal tissue surrounding the root. In these cases, proper medication is required.