An option to save a tooth
Natural teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Even if one of your teeth becomes injured or decayed, it can often be saved through a specialized dental procedure known as root canal. Root canals involve the removal of the tooth’s pulp or “nerve.” Once removed, this pulp is replaced with materials to seal off the canal from surrounding tissues.
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Post-operative Care Following a Root Canal
The mouth is an extremely sensitive part of the body. Dental treatment of any kind requires taking extra care of the area after operation. Whether you have had a routine procedure, or something more complex like a tooth extraction or periodontal surgery, there are several important steps you can take to maximize the results of your procedure, prevent infection, and ease any discomfort you might experience. If you have any additional questions about your procedure or if you are experiencing abnormal bleeding, swelling, severe pain, or any reaction to medications, please do not hesitate to contact us.
- Until your root canal procedure is completely finished and the permanent filling or crown is in place, it is wise to minimize chewing on the tooth under repair.
- Upon completion of treatment, the tooth may feel sensitive for a few days due to natural tissue inflammation. This can usually be controlled with over-the-counter analgesics such as ibuprofen (e.g., Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (e.g., Aleve).
- Most patients can return to their normal activities the next day.
Commonly Asked Questions About Root Canals
Are root canals a painful procedure?
What damages a tooth’s nerve or pulp?
What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
- Severe toothache upon chewing or application of pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity/pain to hot or cold temperatures
- Darkening of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the gums or face
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
- Sometimes no symptoms are present