How is A Root Canal Procedure Done?
Most people assume that a root canal procedure is painful, but a local anesthetic will be used to numb the area so you shouldn’t feel anything. This procedure is also done in more than one visit.
Your first root canal therapy visit will consist of the dentist applying the anesthetic and using dental tools to remove the infected tissue or in extreme cases, extracting the entire tooth. Then the space is filled and sealed.
At your second visit, the dentist will put a crown on the tooth to protect it and ensure that it is restored to full function.
Although you will not pain during the procedure, afterward you may experience some sensitivity and pain. This can easily be treated with over-the-counter or prescribed pain medicines. Make sure to follow your dentist’s instructions carefully. It may take some time to get used to the new tooth, but if you are experiencing extreme pain or pressure that lasts more than a few days, call your dentist right away.
FAQ about Root Canal Therapy
- What causes infection or damage to the tooth’s pulp in the first place?
- There are a few reasons the pulp of a tooth becomes irritated and infected; extreme decay, too many repeated procedures on the same tooth, leaky fillings, cracked/chipped tooth, or trauma.
- How painful is a root canal?
- Root canal treatments have a rep for being painful, but because a local anesthetic is used, most people say that the procedure itself is virtually painfree. However, there may be discomfort during the healing process, but that goes away within a few days.
- What happens after my root canal?
- Depending on the severity of the infection before the procedure can determine the healing process after the fact. For the most part, only slight pain and discomfort should occur and it can easily be subdoed with otc medication such as ibuprofen. Minimize chewing on the repaired tooth until the filling is completed. Continue your oral care, brush and floss like you normally would.
- What is the success rate of root canal treatments?
- 95% success rate for root canals. Root canal therapy is the best way to go when treating an extremely damaged or infected tooth because it helps preserve as much natural tooth as possible and maintains an aesthetically pleasing smile.
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