Root canal — they’re the most dreaded words in dentistry. But despite what you may fear, root canal therapy in Totowa NJ really isn’t all that bad. In fact, anyone who’s ever had one will tell you this: the root canal itself is nothing compared to the pain of the original toothache. Root canal (endodontic) therapy is a necessary move after significant tooth decay or damage take hold. Learn more about what you can expect from your upcoming root canal from the team at Comprehensive Dental.
Why Root Canals Get a Bad Wrap
Most people are terrified of root canals, but why? With current anesthetic options, modern root canals really aren’t so bad, and they’re often the only way to avoid tooth extraction. We think the reason most people dread a root canal is because they associate the procedure with the pain they felt beforehand — but with the help of local anesthetic and sedation as desired, we promise you won’t feel anything during your upcoming root canal.
What Happens In a Root Canal
When you need a root canal procedure, your dentist in Totowa NJ will begin by assessing the decay to determine the best treatment plan. The steps of a root canal go something like this:
- First, your dentist will administer local anesthetic and sedation (like nitrous oxide or completing oral conscious sedation) until the treatment area is completely numb, and you’re totally relaxed.
- Your dentist will access the inside of the tooth by creating a small hole in the back of the tooth or on the chewing surface.
- The infected tissue is completely removed from the inside of the tooth and the root canals are disinfected.
- The inner-tooth is reshaped and measured.
- A biocompatible material known as gutta-percha is placed into the prepared root canals.
- A temporary or permanent filling is placed.
- If additional healing is needed, antibiotic treatment will begin and a follow-up visit will be scheduled.
- The final restoration is placed in the second appointment.
If your root canal is spread out over two appointments to your dentist’s office, you will have a temporary crown or filling for use while the infection heals. Be careful eating during this time, and avoid chewing on the affected side of your mouth to avoid a malfunctioning temporary crown or filling.
After Your Root Canal
Once your root canal is complete, you will likely experience the side effects related to any oral surgery — swelling, discomfort, and minor bleeding. Follow your doctor’s instructions and take your pain medication as recommended to speed healing and increase comfort. If your side effects worsen or do not improve after several days, seek your dentist’s advice immediately.
More Questions? Contact Us Today!
If you’ve got remaining doubts about how endodontic treatment works, please don’t hesitate to contact Comprehensive Dental. We’re here to help you through every step of your upcoming root canal!