While at one time root canals were painful treatments and feared by some patients, the root canal procedure has improved in both technique and in understanding over the years. Root canals are in fact one of the most commonly performed dental surgeries. They typically require two separate office visits, but once completed patients will have instant relief from the associated tooth pain they once had while chewing, restoring lost or limited functionality. Those patients who have acute pain in a specific tooth should have it properly assessed by coming to our Bonnie & Simone office. Come see us today.
What Does a Root Canal Involve?
In order for a root canal procedure to be successful, all of the bacteria, plaque, and dead tissue need to be removed from the surgical site. If any diseased tissue remains, the infection can continue to progress and damage the tooth further compromising dentin and pulp from the tooth's interior. When this progresses too far it can not only compromise the interior health of the tooth but could result in a tooth extraction.
A numbing agent is applied to both the gums and the affected tooth so the patient remains comfortable and relaxed during the entire procedure. A dental dam is typically employed to keep the tooth clean and dry throughout as well. A dental drill is then used to expose the infected area. We will then remove the infection, in some cases, having to take out all of the pulp and dentin from the interior of the tooth to stop the infection. Once the infection has been removed, we will then use a malleable resin to fill in the cleared-out section of the tooth.
Recovery from Root Canal Surgery
While there may be some discomfort associated with the root canal procedure, patients should take it easy during the first week following the procedure. Patients need to pay close attention to the types of foods they consume. It is recommended to not eat any raw vegetables or chew on ice or other hard items. It is important to let the tooth fully heal before resuming your normal diet. Once healed, the tooth's functionality is returned to normal, with no more pain or discomfort.
Any patient who has been suffering from tooth pain and who has been putting off having it looked at should come in for an assessment to determine if a root canal is warranted. We are always available to our patients here at Bonnie & Simone. We can also be reached by calling (757) 540-1028. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment with our team.