Can Root Canal Cause Swelling in Gums?
Swelling in the gums can occur as a result of a localized infection or abscessed tooth. As the infection spreads, it can cause a collection of pus inside of the gum tissues around the root of the tooth. Unfortunately, this swelling can be hard and painful. A root canal treatment is needed to address the underlying infection and stop the spread. The swelling should be relieved dramatically after treatment is complete, but it can take a few days to a week for the inflammation to fully subside.
During the root canal, the infection inside the tooth is removed. After the tissues are numbed using anesthesia, an access point will be made in the tooth. Small tools are inserted into the opening of the tooth to clean out the diseased pulp. Special tools are then used to completely clean and shape the root canals. Once the root canals are clean and shaped, a medicated material is placed in them to help heal the infection.
Although root canal treatments can usually be completed in a single appointment, if the infection or abscess was severe, you may need two appointments to finish the job. If this is the case, you will go home and may be instructed to use antibiotics or other medications to promote healing. At the next appointment, the root canals will be sealed against further infection. Once the canals are sealed, you will be ready to proceed with the final step of the process. Most of the time, a root canaled tooth will need to be restored with a crown. In some cases, a permanent filling may also be used. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment for an Emergency root canal in Los Angeles.
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