After-effects of Tooth Filling
Slight tooth sensitivity may be felt after having your tooth filled. Usually, tooth sensitivity will resolve on its own and won’t need any pain relievers. Tooth sensitivity usually wears off after a day or two.
If the dentist administered local anaesthesia, numbing sensation might be felt as the effectiveness of anaesthesia wears off.
Benefits of getting a Root Canal
Root canal treatment is an efficient way to repair a damaged or infected tooth. Removal of the whole tooth is irreversible unless you get a prosthesis. An extracted tooth may limit function and changes in the mouth may occur such as drifting of teeth.
Saving the whole tooth by having a root canal treatment while preserving the normal function of the tooth in the mouth (normal biting force and sensation). Also, the spread of infection to other parts of the mouth is prevented. Most especially, aesthetically it looks better than a prosthesis.
Other Possible Treatments
There are some cases where a full root canal treatment isn’t necessary. Our dentist/specialists use diagnostic tools to examine an infected tooth, and the possible treatment approaches.
If the dentist diagnosed that decay is too close to the nerve without infecting the whole canal, pulp capping is the best alternative to root canal treatment. It is a less invasive way to preserve the tooth.
Pulp capping procedure starts with removing the decayed part of the tooth and a small part of the canal tissue (pulp). Then, a medicament will be placed to protect the pulp from being infected. This medicament will also stimulate the second layer of the tooth (dentin) to develop reparative dentin that will protect the pulp.
Once the pulp is capped with a medicament, the dentist will place a permanent filling in the tooth. This procedure requires follow-up appointments after several weeks to see if dentin is developing.
The dentist might opt to extract a badly-broken tooth if the infection has progressed extensively in the bone. This type of infection will most likely not respond to root canal treatment. Tooth extracted can be replaced with a fixed bridge.