Do you have an upcoming root canal procedure? If so, you probably have some questions. One of the most common questions we are asked is when a person can resume normal activities like work or school after their treatment. In most cases, patients can return to work or school the day after their procedure. It is important to note, however, that everyone’s experience is different. Some people heal faster than others. Some folks are more tolerant to discomfort than others. When it comes to resuming everyday activities, it is best to speak with our dentist after your treatment.
Why do I need root canal therapy?
More than likely, root canal therapy has been recommended because you are in danger of losing your tooth to disease. Root canal treatment prevents abscesses from forming along with future internal tooth infections. Those needing root canal treatment often experience severe, debilitating toothaches. After the root canal is treated for an infection, patients will no longer suffer with tooth pain.
What does root canal therapy entail?
Treating root canals is an endodontic procedure. The root canal is a chambered area inside the tooth. It contains the nerve endings and dental pulp of teeth. Root canals are not exposed to oral debris, food particles, or bacteria. If a tooth is severely affected by untreated decay or dental trauma that results in a crack or chip, the root canal can be exposed to debris and bacteria. Once the root canal is exposed to bacteria, it is defenseless against infection.
To access the root canal, a dentist will use very tiny instruments. These instruments will gently remove the infected contents inside the root canal chamber. The root canal is then flushed so that there is no leftover debris or pathogens. Then it is sealed with a rubber-like compound that fills in the root canal to prevent further issues associated with dental infections. Local anesthetics and nitrous oxide will be used to maintain patient comfort.
If root canal treatment has been recommended to you, call us today to reserve an appointment!