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Root Canals- What to Expect Before, During and After

A root canal is procedure that is necessary when the central core of a tooth, called the pulp, becomes infected from an overlying cavity. This necessitates the removal of the infected pulp and sealing the canal that contains the pulp so that no further infection can occur. There are some things to expect before, during and after a root canal so you know what to expect if this happens to you. 

What to expect before a root canal

A person with a tooth that needs a root canal will often experience spontaneous pain in the tooth that arises without eating or sudden exposure to hot or cold. The surrounding gum tissue around the tooth will also frequently be inflamed as a sign. The surest way to diagnose a tooth that needs a root canal is by an x-ray that will detect any sign of pulp infection.

What to expect during a root canal

If a root canal is needed, then the procedure will consist of applying the dentist applying an anesthetic to the tooth to numb it, drilling into the tooth to form an opening, and then using a root canal file to remove the pulp.The canal is then sealed with a filling material. This procedure has a reputation for being painful, but many times little to no pain will be felt.

What to expect afterwards

After the procedure, the tooth may exhibit some inflammation and sensitivity to pressure for a few days, so taking an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen may be necessary, as well as chewing on the opposite side of the mouth. Also, teeth that have undergone a root canal frequently become dry and brittle, and so oftentimes a crown is recommended for the tooth in order to stabilize it and keep it from breaking.

Root canals don’t have to be a scary procedure if you know what to expect. Choosing a trusted dentist and following their advice closely can help you through the process in getting back to a healthy smile.

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