What You Can Expect From Your Root Canal
- Posted on: Aug 15 2016
If one of the dentists at Today’s Dental has informed you that you need a root canal and you haven’t had one before, then it can be hard to know what to expect. And as your mind begins to wander without fully knowing what a root canal is, your anxiety and fears might start to escalate. However, as a routine procedure, a root canal is a procedure that isn’t anything to worry too much about. To learn more about root canals, read on.
When Are Root Canals Needed?
A root canal is needed when the pulp, soft tissue under your dentin, becomes inflamed or infected. So how can your pulp become inflamed or infected? This process typically occurs when a tooth is chipped, when there is a large amount of dental decay, or when there are repeated procedures done on the same tooth.
What is a Root Canal?
During the root canal procedure you will be completely conscious and only a topical anesthetic, like a shot, will be used to help ease any pain or discomfort that you might feel during the procedure. Once you are numbed up, the dentist or endodontist will then remove the inflamed or infected pulp from your tooth. Once it is removed, it will be filled with a material called gutta-percha. Once the pulp has been filled, the tooth will then be restored with either a crown or a filling.
What is Recovery Like?
Once your anesthesia has fully worn off, you will be able to resume eating and drinking just like normal. However, for the next few weeks following your root canal, you may experience some tooth sensitivity to things like hot or cold foods or beverages which is very normal.
If you need to get a root canal or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Today’s Dental, contact our office today!
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