Everything You Need to Know About Root Canal Therapy

By Comprehensive Dentistry
December 10, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal Therapy  

Don’t be surprised! Find out everything you need to know about getting root canal therapy.

Within the center of the tooth is a part we call the pulp, which contains blood vessels, nerves and tissues. Sometimes decay or infection can spread past the outer layers of the tooth and infect the pulp. When this happens, you’ll often experience a toothache that just won’t go away. In order to stop the infection from spreading and to relieve the pain, a root canal is recommended.

If your dentist has recommended that you get a root canal, you may have a million questions about the procedure. Your Atlanta dentist is here to provide you with all the information you could possibly need for having a breezy root canal treatment.

What is root canal therapy?

Before we perform the root canal, we will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area so you don’t feel anything during your procedure. Using a drill, we will go into the tooth and remove the infected or damaged pulp. Then we will clean out the inside of the tooth to get rid of the infection or other debris. Once this is complete, we will use a special resin to fill and restore the tooth; however, if there is extensive damage, we may recommend a dental crown to provide extra support and durability for your damaged tooth.

Why do I need a root canal?

Dental trauma and tooth decay can cause serious and permanent damage to the pulp. When this happens, a root canal is necessary to save the rest of the tooth. The sooner a patient seeks treatment the better.

What should I expect after my root canal?

Because of the local anesthetic, your mouth and lips might be numb for a few hours after treatment. This will wear off over the course of the day; however, while your mouth is numb, we recommend that you stay away from hot foods that could burn your mouth.

If you experience any soreness or pain, we recommend over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen, which will also help keep swelling down.

Is root canal treatment painful?

Don’t listen to the horror stories! Root canal treatment is no more complicated than having a tooth filled. Plus, the point of this procedure is to eliminate the pain you are experiencing, not add to it! While you may experience some soreness and pain right after the procedure, you will no longer have to deal with a throbbing toothache.

If you need to schedule your root canal, don’t wait any longer. Severe infections can damage your natural tooth and cause serious problems for your smile. Stop infections and decay in their tracks and preserve your beautiful smile. Call Comprehensive Dentistry today to schedule your appointment.