Few dental procedures are more stressful and scary than a root canal. It is perfectly normal to be stressed about this procedure, but knowing what to expect can help to alleviate some of that stress. In reality, root canals aren’t nearly as bad as they have been portrayed, so we want to help you feel comfortable during your procedure. In today’s blog post, Levens Family Dentistry takes a look at what to expect during a root canal procedure.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure that repairs decayed or infected teeth. However, this procedure is only needed in severe cases. In many cases, you can avoid the need for a root canal with good brushing habits and regular visits to the dentist. A root canal treats damage inside the center of the tooth, which contains pulp and a nerve. When the pulp, nerve, or both are damaged, the tooth will begin to break down, leading to the need for this procedure. Delaying a root canal treatment can cause your teeth to deteriorate, leading to serious infection.
What Happens During the Procedure?
While decaying or damaged teeth are very serious health issues, many people are often more fearful of the root canal procedure itself. Being nervous or stressed for this procedure is completely normal, but we want to help alleviate some of that stress. The first step is an x-ray to determine the best treatment. When you are in the procedure room, an anesthetic will be applied to your gum to eliminate any potential pain.
After your mouth is numbed, your dentist or oral surgeon will drill a hole in your tooth to access the root. From there, your dentist will clean the tooth and remove any decayed materials. Then, the root will be sealed and filled.
What Happens After the Procedure?
While there might be some initial discomfort immediately after your procedure, there shouldn’t be a lot of pain in the coming days. You might experience some sensitivity in your tooth, however. This should subside after a couple of days and can be aided with pain medication.
Contact Levens Family Dentistry for More Tips
If you need a root canal and you want to find the right dentist, Levens Family Dentist can help. For more information on our services, give us a call at (719) 574-1705 or contact us online today.