Root canal therapy can help a patient save a tooth that has been extensively damaged due to an injury or a large cavity. Unfortunately, many patients buy into the inaccurate perception that root canal treatments are extremely painful. In reality, most patients who undergo a root canal report that they experience no more discomfort than they would with having a cavity filled.
We understand that facing root canal therapy can be daunting, but there’s no need to be afraid of it. We find that patients who get accurate answers to any questions they may have feel more reassured and at ease during the procedure. Here are some of the most common questions that patients pose to us.
What is root canal therapy? A root canal is a procedure in which the dentist removes infected pulp tissue (or tissue that has been exposed to oral bacteria) from the inner chamber of the tooth that contains it. After the root canal chamber has been emptied and thoroughly cleaned to remove any lingering bacteria, it is sealed using a rubber-like substance. A crown will be placed on the treated tooth, which may be more likely to break as a result of the root canal.
Why do I need a root canal? Your dentist can explain the specific need in your case, but generally root canals are performed to save teeth that have been compromised by large cavities or by an injury extensive enough to expose the tooth’s pulp to the oral cavity.
How painful will this be? The idea that root canals are painful is an outdated one. It’s unlikely that you’ll experience any more discomfort than you did the last time you had a cavity filled.
How long will it take to recover from my root canal? You will get instructions for what to expect after the root canal, but generally patients may experience some mild discomfort for a few days after the appointment. Additionally, patients should avoid chewing with the treated tooth until the crown has been placed.
If a root canal has been recommended in your case and you have additional questions about the procedure, please reach out to one of our experienced staff members. We want you to have the right information so that you can have a reasonable idea of what to expect from the treatment.
Contact our office today to get your root canal questions answered by our helpful and caring staff!