If you have a tooth that is badly infected or decayed and is causing you pain, you may opt for a root canal to fix the problem. The root canal procedure is used to remove the pulp and nerve from inside the tooth. It is then cleaned out and sealed to prevent future problems. If the tooth is left untreated, the tissue around it may become infected and may form an abscess.
The Steps of a Root Canal
An X-ray of the tooth is taken to see how much infection is surrounding the bone. During the procedure, your endodontist may choose to use anesthesia to relax you. At this point, an access hole is drilled inside the tooth and debris and decayed tissue is removed. Periodically, water is used to remove the debris from the mouth. After the tooth has been completely cleaned with a series of root canal files, it is sealed. Some cases may require a week of waiting in between treatment and sealing while others are sealed the same day.
While root canals have a bad reputation for being extremely painful, the reality is that most patients report after anesthesia is applied the pain is no worse than having a filling replaced. It is the pain before the procedure that can be unbearable.
What Should You Expect After a Root Canal?
The tooth may be sensitive for several days after a root canal, but most symptoms can be controlled with over the counter pain medication. Most patients return to normal life the day after a root canal. Until every step of the procedure is done, it is smart to limit the amount of chewing you do in that area.
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Your Westchester County, NY endodontists Drs. Kolnick, Diamond, Barton, Hope and Chaudry are happy to consult with you about any teeth-related problems you are having. Call Advanced Endodontics of Westchester in either their White Plains, NY office or Mt. Kisco, NY office today to schedule an appointment.