Most people shriek after hearing they could benefit from a root canal therapy. They would much rather just extract their tooth and not put in the effort to try and save it. However, our team at InStyle Dental Group is eager to provide patients with the safest and highest quality of care. We understand that every patient’s circumstances are different and treatments can be adjusted accordingly. If a root canal therapy has been recommended for your tooth, then what should you expect from the treatment? Continue reading to find out more!
A root canal treatment involves removing the infected and damaged tissue located inside the tooth. This chamber inside each individual tooth is known as the pulp. The pulp stores the tissues, blood supply, and nerves that will cause the tooth pain if they are infected. After a tooth is done developing, the pulp is no longer necessary. The pulp can be removed in the tooth if it is affected by infection caused by decay, a fracture, or periodontal disease.
If your dentist has decided you are a good candidate for a root canal procedure, then they will numb the area with a local anesthetic to avoid any pain or discomfort. They will drill a small hole into the tooth to access the root canal. After removing the infected material and smoothing the walls, your dentist will inject antibiotics into the tooth and seal the tooth up. The tooth can then be covered with an additional restoration, such as a dental crown, in order to strengthen it further.
After the procedure, the patient will take over-the-counter medications as needed to eliminate any feelings of discomfort. They will need to eat a diet of soft foods for several days after the treatment. A follow up appointment may be needed for the final restoration.
If you are concerned about a tooth, then contact our InStyle Dental Group office to set up your next consultation and see how we can restore your smile.