Non-Surgical Root Canal Therapy

There’s no need to be worried if your dentist or endodontist prescribes a root canal procedure to treat a damaged or diseased tooth. Millions of teeth are treated and saved this way each year, relieving pain and making teeth healthy again.

Inside your tooth, beneath the white enamel and a hard layer called dentin, is a soft tissue called pulp. This tissue contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue, which help grow the root of your tooth during its development. A fully developed tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.

A modern root canal treatment is nothing like those old sayings! It’s very similar to a routine filling and can usually be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. Getting a root canal is relatively painless and extremely effective. You’ll be back to smiling, biting and chewing with ease in no time.

Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:

  • Efficient chewing
  • Normal biting force and sensation
  • Natural appearance
  • Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain

After your endodontist completes your treatment, you will need to return to your dentist as soon as possible to have a new crown or other restoration placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to its full function.

FAQs

Will A Root Canal Hurt?

We have several techniques to numb your tooth and the surrounding tissues. Local anesthetic is used to completely numb the tooth from all sensation. What you will feel is mostly pressure and vibration.

Can I Eat Before My Root Canal Treatment?

Yes, we encourage you to eat before coming into the office to start treatment.

Can I Eat After My Root Canal Treatment?

Yes, we encourage you to follow the post-operative instructions we provide to you once treatment is complete. You should wait until you are no longer numb to eat after treatment and you should try to refrain from eating hard, crunchy, sticky, or chewy foods while the temporary filling is still present in the tooth.

What Is The Recovery Time For A Root Canal?

Typically, discomfort can last and peak up to the fourth or fifth day, then start to taper off with each passing day after. The length and levels of discomfort differ from person to person, pending the condition of the tooth. As a rule of thumb, when you wait until you are in pain you will experience discomfort for a few days after the treatment.

Will I Have To Take Any Medications After Root Canal And/Or Surgical Treatment?

Typically, discomfort does start after the anesthetics have worn off, so we will provide any prescriptions needed for post-operative discomfort.

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