Things to Know before Getting your First Root Canal Treatment
How to Prepare for Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is one of the most commonly performed procedures in dentistry. If your dentist has informed you that you may need a root canal, it essentially means that you have an infection that has spread to the root of the tooth and cannot be eliminated through common antibiotics. If the infection is minor, your dental specialist may try to recover the tooth help through medication. So here are a couple of things that you need to know before getting your first root canal treatment.
Will it hurt?
Your dental specialist will numb the area around your infected tooth to ensure that you have a painless experience. This will be done by injecting local anesthesia into the gum surrounding the infected tooth. This may pinch a little but there is no significant pain. During the root canal process, you may experience discomfort as you will have to keep your mouth open for some period of time. But in most cases, your dentist will ensure that the discomfort is minimized. It is best to talk to your dental specialist before the procedure; your specialist will highlight all the important details to help you have a better idea of the treatment.
Does it have any side effects?
Normally, root canal treatments do not have any side effects. You may feel soreness or pain in the tooth for a week or two, but it can easily be handled through pain medication. In addition, one thing that you need to remember is that you will need a tooth crown after the treatment. The pressure placed on the tooth structure during the treatment can weaken the enamel making it prone to collapse. Get the crown as soon as you are done with the treatment. Your dentists take the impression of your tooth and it will take at least a week or two for the crown to develop at the lab. So while the swelling and pain subside, the crown will be ready.
How long will it take to heal?
Root canal procedure is completed in one sitting. The total duration of the treatment could be around 40 minutes. The swelling and pain after the treatment will take up to a week or two to heal but you will not have to take a week off from work. Pain medication can help you control the pain so you can easily perform your day-to-day activities without a problem.
What will it cost?
This is generally a regular procedure and does not cost much. You can ask your dental specialist about the treatment costs including the medication and crown costs.
In most cases, you cannot delay root canal, which means if the dentist tells that you need it then you probably need it. However, you may also notice that you need it if the tooth infection causes a severe toothache that does subside with pain medication. This is a clear sign that infection needs to clear out through the root canal process.
A root canal treatment can protect your teeth and preserve it for a lifetime. So if you need it, get help right away!