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What to Expect During a Root Canal

Team Endodontics, Root Canal Treatment

Root canal techniques and therapy have come a long way, making them an incredibly common, painless procedure. In fact, root canals are so streamlined that the entire procedure can be done quickly, without pain, and without disruption to your daily life. Indeed, root canal therapy is now on par with getting a regular cavity filled at the dentist, as they have become equally fast and painless. Here’s what to expect during a root canal.

Your appointment will begin with anesthetizing the area around the tooth that will receive the root canal treatment.  A rubber dam may be placed to isolate the tooth that is being treated. Then a small hole will be drilled into the decayed or infected tooth. Because of the numbing agent, you will not feel any pain during this process.

Your dentist will then remove any decay and infection. The nerve of the tooth responsible for your pain will also be removed. Next, the tooth root (canals) will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, using specialized instruments and cleaning solutions. The interior of your tooth will then be sealed. Finally, the hole that was drilled to access the tooth will be filled with a filling.  

In some cases, your dentist may recommend a crown instead of a filling on a tooth that has had root canal therapy. This will depend upon the severity of the decay of your tooth. Your dentist will advise you before or during your treatment, if you may require a crown instead of a filling.

What to Expect After a Root Canal

The process of getting a root canal is painless. However, afterward, you may experience some tenderness and sensitivity in the tooth that was treated. This is perfectly normal and should resolve on its own in just a couple of days. Your dentist will provide you with aftercare instructions, which will remind you to avoid chewing on the treated tooth while you’re healing. If your tooth is sensitive an over-the-counter pain reliever will help. 

What Conditions Do Root Canals Treat?

Wherever possible, dentists will always try to salvage your natural teeth. After all, missing teeth can lead to jaw bone loss, shifting of other teeth, and a sunken facial appearance. So, if a tooth can be saved through a root canal, your dentist will always recommend this treatment rather than extraction.

You mustn’t ignore an infected, inflamed, or decayed tooth. The problem will only get worse. Eventually, the pain, inability to chew, headaches, and infection that can result may become unbearable.

Fortunately, root canals can preserve your natural tooth, all the while treating inflammation, decay, or infection in the root of one or more teeth.  Inflammation and infection have many causes including:

  • Cracked tooth
  • Injured tooth 
  • Untreated cavities
  • Chip in the tooth
  • Severely decayed tooth

Root canals are an extremely common restorative dentistry procedure, with few adverse side effects or risks. You will be able to return to work or regular activities on the same day.

Root Canal Therapy in Concord, NH

If you’re experiencing any pain in your teeth or gums, schedule an appointment with Laurie Rosato, DMD today. Dr. Rosato is a five-star reviewed dentist who provides complete family dentistry, pediatric dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and treatment for TMJ disorders.  Dr. Rosato is known for her gentle, and reassuring manner, and the excellent results she achieves for patients. Contact our office today at 603-228-9276. You may also book an appointment online for treatment.