Root Canal Treatment is a dental procedure in which the diseased or damaged pulp (core) of a tooth is removed and the inside areas (the pulp areas and root canals) are filled and sealed.
The tooth may be sore for several days after filling. Pain relievers, may be taken to ease the soreness. The tissues around the tooth may also be irritated. Rinsing the mouth with hot salt water several times a day will help. Chewing on that side of the mouth should be avoided for the first few days following treatment. A follow-up appointment should be scheduled with the dentist for six months after treatment to make sure the tooth and surrounding structures are healthy.
Once root canal treatment is performed, the patient must have a crown placed over the tooth to protect it.