What is it?
Root canal therapy is a treatment that is necessary when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. Your tooth will be numbed, so you should not feel any discomfort during the procedure. The pulp, which is the living tissue inside the tooth, is removed in order to save the tooth. Next, the area is thoroughly cleaned and filled with special medicated dental materials in order to restore it to its full function.
What are signs/symptoms for potential root canal therapy?
- A pimple on the gums
- Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold
- Throbbing toothaches
- Swelling/visible damage to tooth
What can I expect after the treatment?
You can expect some discomfort a day or so thereafter; remember, your tooth is attached to other nerves, so minor discomfort is to be expected. Because of this, we prescribe pain medication with most root canals. This should only be taken as needed and as prescribed. While taking pain medication, it is not recommended to operate a vehicle/machinery or attend work. Never combine medication with alcohol. Talk to your doctor about other medications you may be taking if you have questions or concerns. In lieu of pain medication, non-prescription pain relievers can be used. We recommend taking ibuprofen alone, or in combination with Tylenol.
After a few days, your tooth will feel much better. When we are certain that all of the infection has been removed, we fill your tooth with a permanent filling. If a large portion of your tooth has broken or has been destroyed by the infection or cavity, we will fit a crown to your tooth to protect it from further damage. Our office has experienced a very high success rate; however, in some cases, the infection may not clear up and we may need to send you to a specialist or extract the tooth.
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