ROOT CANALS


A root canal treatment may be needed if an untreated cavity becomes larger and extends to the pulp of the tooth causing an infection at the base of the root canal.

Root Canals

WHAT ARE ROOT CANALS?

A root canal is a treatment used to save a tooth when its nerves or pulp has become severely infected, inflamed, or dead. The pulp is the soft tissue inside of your teeth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues and extends down into the tooth’s roots.

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WHY HAVE A ROOT CANAL?

An infected pulp of the roots of a tooth can lead to many serious problems including; intense pain, sensitivity to hot and cold, an abscessed tooth, mouth swelling, infected jaw bone, blood infection, swollen glands, and spreading of the infection to other parts of the body. Removing the pulp and infected roots is the best way to eliminate pain and swelling and prevent serious issues and oral diseases from forming, while saving your tooth.

PRE-OPERATIVE CARE

Although a root canal is a relatively painless experience, local anesthetic will most likely be applied to numb the surgical site.

Pre-operative preparation for this treatment is pretty simple:

  • Wear loose fitting clothes, in case we need to monitor your blood pressure.
  • Do not take aspirin for a week prior to the root canal because aspirin can thin your blood and cause more bleeding to occur.
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours before, since alcohol can make it harder to numb the surgical site.
  • Do not smoke for 12 hours before.
  • Avoid chewing on that side of the mouth, if it is infected or in pain.
  • Eat breakfast or lunch prior to your surgery.

TALK TO YOUR SPECIALIST TO DECIDE WHICH TYPE OF ANESTHESIA IS RIGHT FOR YOU

 

ROOT CANAL PROCEDURE

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POST-OPERATIVE CARE

You may experience slight pain or soreness after the root canal therapy.

It is best to adhere to the following recommendations for maximum comfort and healing:

  • Avoid chewing on this side of the mouth for the remainder of the day.
  • Avoid hard foods for the rest of the day.
  • Take an over the counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen if necessary.
  • Go home and relax after the procedure.
  • Rinse with warm salt water for a couple days.
  • Do not smoke for 12 hours before.
  • If you experience swelling, apply an ice pack to the side of your face for 10-15 minutes at a time.