“It’s not as bad as you think!”
A root canal is a dental procedure that is performed to save a tooth that has become infected or damaged at its root. It involves removing the infected tissue from the tooth’s pulp chamber and root canals, cleaning and shaping the canals, and filling them with a material to prevent further infection.
The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia to numb the affected area. After the rprocedure, a crown or other restoration may be placed on the tooth to protect it and restore its function.
Root canals are often necessary when a cavity or injury has caused damage to the pulp, which contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. Symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal include severe tooth pain, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, swelling, and tenderness in the gums around the affected tooth.
Does a root canal hurt?
Most people do not feel any pain during the procedure, as it is done under local anesthesia to numb the affected area. After the procedure, some mild discomfort is common, but it can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.
How long does a root canal take?
The length of the procedure can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the individual patient’s needs. In general, most root canals can be completed in one or two visits.
What happens after a root canal?
After the procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity for a few days. Your dentist or endodontist will provide you with instructions on how to care for the tooth and manage any discomfort. You may need to return for a follow-up appointment to have a crown or other restoration placed on the tooth.