Many people wonder what the difference is between a tooth extraction and a root canal treatment. To understand these treatments you have to understand how the roots of your teeth are damaged by the tartar that builds up on them as well as by the food that you ingest. The problem with tartar is that it can get trapped in the spaces between the roots of your teeth and by eating things that are hard and which also stain the teeth, can leave your teeth susceptible to problems.
A root canal treatment is a procedure where the tooth comes out through the gums of the root canal. The reason for this is that tartar does not allow for the tooth to be swallowed and so when it builds up in the spaces between the teeth it can actually become calcified and will eventually block the way out of the mouth. This can lead to pain and discomfort and can even cause tooth loss or infection of the root canal.
The first thing to understand is that tooth removal is not a treatment but a way of getting rid of the tartar that has built up on the teeth. But before you are actually able to extract your tooth it is important to understand what happens when your tooth is actually extracted. This is essential if you are to prevent any complications arising from the extraction process.
When it comes to the process of tooth extraction there is an important step. The dentist will use a drill to remove the tartar that is stuck in the spaces between the teeth and the root of the tooth. It is important to understand that before the dentist is able to drill into the gum he or she will first have to use a thin metal probe to find out if there is damage that needs to be repaired.
The second step in the tooth extraction and root canal treatment is that the dentist will then use the forceps to remove the damaged tooth. As a precaution the dentist will then wash the excess tartar off of the teeth and in some cases also give the patient pain relief. You will need to go home with a simple swabbing and cleaning to clean the area in order to make sure that the problem does not occur again.
After the procedure your mouth will feel very sore. Your dentist will therefore apply an antibiotic to reduce the swelling and to make sure that your teeth will heal quickly. You will then be given pain relief and you will need to follow instructions from your dentist concerning the use of painkillers for a couple of days. It is likely that you will find that you will be suffering from a good deal of pain for the next couple of days and so you will need to eat a good deal of food to help relieve the pain and the stiffness.
After the root canal treatment is completed, you should find that you will have very little pain. The mouth may feel somewhat sensitive for a couple of days and so you will need to remain very careful about chewing anything and about eating the right foods to help this process along.
You will also need to avoid drinking tea or coffee for a while after the root canal treatment has been completed. There is a risk of the tooth becoming dislodged and therefore you should make sure that you only drink a minimum of three cups of water a day.
If you are experiencing a lot of pain after a root canal treatment, you will need to seek the advice of your dentist. The dentist will make sure that the tooth is not permanently damaged. They will also check that the tooth has healed properly and that all of the damage is gone.
What you should do if you feel any discomfort after a root canal treatment is to let your dentist know as soon as possible. Do not wait for any longer and make sure that you ensure that you eat a full balanced diet for at least a couple of days. As a precaution you may need to avoid eating certain types of food such as spicy and salty foods for a few days.
Even if the pain is relatively minor, it is worth noting that it may be long term that the tooth is unable to be extracted. The same is true of a fractured tooth, if the fracture is not noticed early enough.
If you have to have a root canal treatment then you should make sure that you visit your dentist for this procedure as soon as possible. The dentist will be able to advise you of how to improve your general health, whether it is to do some exercises or to take vitamins to help keep your immune system strong.