When you think of scary dental procedures, what comes to mind?
We’re guessing you immediately thought of the root canal.
But many people don’t actually know what root canal therapy is or why we do it. The procedure has been built up as painful, but a recent study conducted by the American Association of Endodontists (root canal specialists) found that people who had never had a root canal were far more likely to describe the procedure as painful than people who had actually had one!
The root canal is actually a valuable tool, allowing dentists to save a tooth that is seriously infected and would otherwise have to be pulled. This also saves you the expense of having to replace a missing tooth.
What Is a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is a procedure that is performed when the root canal, which is part of your tooth’s anatomy, becomes infected or seriously damaged. An infected root canal is often quite painful, and if it’s left untreated, the infection can spread to other teeth. Root canal therapy relieves the pain and treats the infection.
To perform a root canal, Dr. Devani will open up your tooth and use specialized instruments to carefully remove the infected material and sterilize the inside of your tooth. Once the infection is cleared, he will fill your tooth with dental filling material to strengthen it and prevent re-infection. While root canal therapy saves your tooth, it can leave it brittle, and Dr. Devani will often recommend a crown to protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking.
Still Worried About Your Root Canal?
That’s okay. We understand that many of our patients are stressed out at the idea of a root canal, so we offer sedation dentistry options to help reduce your stress and anxiety so that you can relax and stay comfortable throughout your procedure. We encourage you to check out our sedation dentistry options and discuss your concerns with Dr. Devani so that we can make sure your needs are met.
We also want to make sure that you feel no discomfort during your procedure. You will receive anesthetic to numb your teeth and gums so that you don’t feel a thing. Because we know that the numbing shot itself isn’t any fun, we can use Oraquix to numb your gums before we administer the anesthetic – which means you won’t even feel the shot!
What About After My Root Canal?
After you go home and the anesthetic wears off, you may feel a bit of discomfort. Most of the time, this can be relieved with over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin). This is the result of your immune system getting back to work. It hasn’t gotten the message yet that the infection is gone, but as soon as this becomes clear, the inflammation and discomfort will die down, usually in about a day or so.
You can also use a salt-water rinse (about 1 teaspoon salt per eight ounces warm water) or ice packs on your cheek to reduce inflammation and discomfort. In some cases, we may prescribe pain relievers or antibiotics, and if we do, make sure to take them exactly as directed.
Call for an Evaluation
Are you in pain? Call our Cypress dental office right away so that we can evaluate you and determine the best way to relieve your pain so you can get back to enjoying your life!