What can I expect from a root canal?

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Has your dental provider recommended that you may need a root canal? This can be an unavoidable and necessary procedure. A root canal treatment eliminates bacteria and prevents any future infections of the tooth. The pulp is an inner soft connective tissue that contains tooth nerves, blood vessels, and blood supply. A root canal treatment can help save your tooth from being extracted.

This is how you can prepare for a root canal:

  1. Wear comfortable and loose clothing because the procedure can be lengthy.
  2. Avoid smoking or drinking 12 hours prior.
  3. Purchase soft foods that you'll be able to eat after the procedure.
  4. Allow your dentist to know all of your daily medication.
  5. Prepare to bring someone who can transport you home as you'll be unable to drive.

The dentist will begin by taking x-rays of the affected tooth to ensure that a root canal treatment is possible. You won't feel any pain because the area will be numbed. The inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned, disinfected, filled, and sealed. The final step may involve restoration of the tooth because it often has a larger filling or extensive decay. Due to this, you may need a crown to protect the tooth and be fully restored.

The area will feel sore and sensitive after treatment, but it will cease. Your provider will prescribe antibiotics to clear up any bacteria and swelling.

A root canal procedure isn't something to be scared of and it can help restore a decayed tooth. If you are feeling any pain and would like to get your teeth checked, contact us to make an appointment. We are always accepting new patients to help them achieve a healthy smile.

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