None of us are too keen on dental procedures, and it’s possible that having root canal work is at the top of the list of treatments that people worry about.
However, it can help to know exactly what’s involved in having root canal therapy, and how to manage eating after your treatment.
The anatomy of a tooth
Each of our teeth is made up primarily of a substance called dentine, with enamel coating the exposed surface of the tooth. The part of the tooth that lies beneath the gum is known as the root. Within the tooth is a mix of blood vessels, nerves and a pulp that provides nutrients, oxygen and feeling to the tooth.
People require root canal therapy when the pulp becomes infected, which can affect both the tooth concerned and, if the infection spreads, surrounding bone and other teeth. According to the Better Health Channel, symptoms may include pain when chewing, swelling of the gum, sensitivity to heat and cold, or a number of others.
Sometimes, there may be no obvious symptoms and diagnosis is done via X-ray.
What happens during root canal therapy?
It may take a number of visits to complete root canal therapy, which involves:
If several visits are required, your dentist will work on the tooth, then put in a temporary filling until your next visit.
Eating after your root canal therapy in Sydney
There are a few things to keep in mind when eating after root canal treatments:
Some suggested foods:
Our Sydney endodontist can help determine if you need root canal therapy. Even if you’re not showing any of the listed symptoms, mention any concerns you have at your next check-up.