What You Need to Know About Root Canals
If you need a root canal, you may have a lot of concerns. Educating yourself will cure most of the worry you may be feeling. Root canals can be the resolution to pain that you may be in. Here is what you need to know about root canal procedures.
How Can a Root Canal Save Your Tooth?
The big question is, “What – exactly – is a root canal?” The roots of your teeth are like pipes. They’re hollow in the middle, and each one has a root canal inside where the nerve and the blood supply are located. When you’re young, that’s where the nerves and cells that help teeth form are located. As you get older, cavities may form, allowing bacteria to enter the tooth and cause the area to become inflamed or even infected. Root canal treatment involves going through the tooth into those canals, cleaning and disinfecting them, and then sealing the canals to prevent further issues. Root canal treatment allows you to save your tooth and keep it healthy.
How Long Do Root Canals Take?
Most procedures done in our office are completed within an hour to an hour and a half. Almost all procedures are finished in one visit unless, at the end of the appointment, we feel that it would benefit you to return. In that case, we would see you again a week or two later for a quick 20- or 30-minute appointment.
How Long Will You be Numb After the Root Canal Procedure?
Most of the time, when we numb you for a root canal procedure, you can expect to be numb for a few hours following the procedure. Everyone is different. Some might be less; some might be a little more. Normally, though, numbness abates within a few hours following the procedure.
How Many Times You Will Need to Visit the Office for a Root Canal?
Historically, patients who have been accustomed to going to their general dentist – as well as those who go to an endodontist for a root canal procedure – expect to come in for multiple appointments. Statistically, however, no real benefit has been shown to result from a multi-visit approach and most procedures performed here are completed in a single visit. At the end of the appointment, if we feel you would benefit from another visit, we leave a medication inside the tooth to help calm the tooth down further. Then, we’ll set a follow-up appointment within a few weeks, and that appointment will be short – only 20 to 30 minutes in length. You can expect to miss only half a day – as opposed to multiple days – for our procedures.
If you have questions about root canals, contact our office to for a free consultation.