What Happens During a Root Canal Procedure?
Root canal therapy requires multiple steps, which typically is completed in two dental appointments. At your first visit, our skilled, caring dentist will numb the tooth thoroughly with a local anesthetic. Once that has set in, they will use a dental dam to isolate the tooth before creating an opening and removing the infected and damaged pulp. From there, the inner chamber of your tooth will be cleaned, dried, and filled with a rubber-like material. The next step is to place a temporary crown over your tooth while your permanent one is being meticulously crafted to perfection. When it’s ready, you’ll return to our office, we will securely place it on your tooth, and the process will be complete!
Do I Need a Root Canal?
If your tooth has sustained severe decay or damage, then you may need a root canal. Ultimately, our dentist will be able to determine if one is needed based on his findings during your dental exam. However, there are a few common warning signs, including:
Persistent oral pain.
Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages.
Swollen or inflamed gums.
Discomfort when chewing or biting down.
Chips or cracks in your tooth.
What Happens If I Don’t Get a Root Canal?
Unfortunately, many patients put off getting a root canal for as long as possible. While the intention is often to avoid long hours in the treatment chair, neglecting the issue results in just that. Leaving the decayed or otherwise damaged tooth untreated allows the infection to spread throughout your mouth and even travel to your vital organs through your bloodstream. Therefore, for the sake of your oral and overall health, it’s of the utmost importance that you don’t delay getting the treatment you need.
How Do I Care for My Mouth After a Root Canal?
After your root canal therapy, our team will provide you with an extensive list of aftercare instructions designed to promote healing and comfort. While the directions can vary depending on your unique situation, resting, maintaining good oral hygiene, and avoiding hard or crunchy foods are essential across the board. You may also be instructed to rinse with a mixture of salt and water regularly to keep the area clean and take OTC pain relievers as needed.
If you need a root canal, your initial reaction may be to panic. However, it is important to remember that it is a common, straightforward, safe procedure that can actually relieve pain, not cause it. If you have any other questions about this tooth-saving treatment or would like to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team!