When your tooth is damaged because of decay or infection, a dentist can recommend a root canal treatment to help save your tooth. Root canal treatments can help you to keep your tooth, and avoid other treatment methods like permanent removal and dental implants. Also, tooth canal treatment helps you to maintain your teeth alignment, as well as prevent problems with your jaw. Your tooth doesn't require it's nerve to function normally. Therefore, a root canal won't cause a tooth to lose its functionality or damage it.
After you undergo root canal treatment, your dentist will give you some instructions to follow until the tooth heals. In addition, your doctor will give you a watch note, where you are expected to monitor certain things. Here are three key things that you are supposed to watch.
This ranges from mild sensitivity to absolute pain. A patient might experience discomfort when closing/biting their teeth, after tapping the affected tooth—also known as sensitivity to tapping/percussion, or even when directing pressure to the tooth from one side through either tapping or pressing.
Generally, tooth sensitivity can be caused by inflammation on the tissues surrounding the root of your tooth, and it is mostly caused by infection of the particular tooth.
You might experience some mild swelling, accompanied by slight tenderness after a root canal. Also, you might notice that there is formation of pus as a result of infection to the tooth. There are some scenarios in which an opening might develop to allow the pus to drain, and this helps in reducing the swelling.
Typically, the swelling resembles a gum boil, and it forms in the end or tip of the affected tooth's root. As the pus starts to drain, you might start to experience a bad odor or taste in your mouth. Moreover, the tissue surrounding the opening might become tender.
Sensitivity to Heat
This isn't an indication of failed root canal, but swelling and pain are. However, you might end up experiencing heat sensitivity after undergoing a root canal. The intensity of the heat sensitivity you might experience will increase and decrease often. However, this will all depend on the levels of infections that warranted the tooth canal removal.
The tooth's sensitivity to heat usually varies, from being intermittent, constant, and it can even disappear completely after a few weeks. However, it's important to consult a dentist in case the heat sensitivity persists after undergoing the procedure. The dentist will have to determine and evaluate for how long the sensitivity has lasted even after the procedure was performed.
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