There are a few words that no one wants to hear when in a dentist’s chair. On the top of that list is: you need a root canal. Root canal procedures are feared by even some adults. However, root canals are not actually as bad as their reputation in popular media. For many adults and teens who have not experienced a root canal procedure, you might not know what to expect. That is why we are writing this guide on root canal procedures.
Root canals are needed because of infected tooth pulp. To solve this, a dentist will need to drill into the tooth and remove the infected pulp. Afterward, they will need to fill the hole left behind. In some cases, they will set up a followup procedure to install a dental crown. A crown is necessary to further protect the tooth and to alleviate pain when putting pressure on that tooth.
You probably will have many questions about what is going to happen during a root canal. The best thing to do is to get information from your dentist to know exactly what to expect. But traditionally a root canal may take a few hours. Luckily, you will be numb throughout the entire process. Your dentist will use a numbing agent on your gums and then an aesthetician will use local anesthetics to completely numb your mouth. Dental X-rays may be needed to help your dentist as they remove the pulp from your tooth. Using a variety of tools including a dental drill, the pulp will be be removed from your teeth. Once complete, your tooth will be filled with an appropriate filling.
After a root canal, you may not be able to chew or bite without pain. In some cases, dentists will recommend that you do not chew solid foods until a dental crown is attached. Chewing on a treated tooth without a dental crown may cause cracking and further damage. Immediately after your root canal, you can expect your mouth to continue to feel numb for a few more hours. You may experience some pain after the anesthetics wear off. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms you should contact your dentist.
If you have other questions about root canals or other dental procedures, reach out to our team of dentists in Chicago. Our team would be happy to answer any questions. The best way to prevent needing a root canal is with regular dental visits and proper brushing and flossing. If you would like to set up a dental appointment contact us online.