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Root Canals

4 things to know about root canals

blog-tmj-painIf you’ve been told you need a root canal, you’re probably not happy about the situation. It means the root or pulp of your tooth has been irreparably damaged. The dentist is going to need to go in, remove the root, clean out the tooth, and seal it to resolve your problem once and for all. Otherwise, you could find yourself dealing with chronic pain.

A root removal is often the best answer to a damaged tooth root. Here are 4 things to know about root removal that may make it easier to deal with this common procedure.

On a scale of 1 to 10 how much does a root canal hurt?

This is probably the biggest concern for anyone who has to undergo a root canal procedure. The good news is, the procedure should cause no more discomfort than a dental filling.

The most painful part is the injection of the local anesthetic. Many dentists will help alleviate the discomfort of the needle with a little topical anesthetic applied prior. Once your mouth is numb, you should find the rest of the procedure to be tolerable. Talk to your dentist about any concerns you may have. He or she should be able to give you a little peace of mind about pain.

How long is the post root canal healing time?

Luckily, healing time is usually fairly short. It is normal to feel some discomfort after the anesthetic has worn off, but, within a day or two, you should be able to resume normal activities. Your dentist may also an antibiotic if he or she feels there is a risk of remaining infection. Your tooth and the gum surrounding it could remain sensitive for two to three days.

Will my restored tooth last?

Once the procedure has been successfully completed and you have a fully restored tooth, you will need to take good care of your mouth. Some dental restorations do need to be replaced over time, but, with the care of your dentist and a good oral health care regime, you can make your restoration last.

Do I have any other options?

If you have been told you need the procedure, the only realistic solution is to have the tooth removed. While this may seem like the easy fix, removing a tooth is always the least favorable choice. Missing teeth can lead to other issues and the restoration to repair it can be more invasive and costly that post root canal restorations.

If you have any questions about root canals or your oral health, please ask.

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