Root Canal FAQs And Answers

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Did your dentist tell you you need a root canal done? Well, if you’ve never had one before, you might be nervous and don’t know what to expect, which is why we want to put you at ease and answer your questions. 

What is a root canal?

A root canal is done to remove the entire infected pulp of a tooth in order to save the tooth, relieve pain, and prevent future infections. The procedure consists of cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the infected tooth and then filling it with a paste to seal it with a crown or filling. To finish, a dental sealant is applied.

Why would I need a root canal?

There are several reasons why your dentist may be suggesting you get a root canal done. Some of these reasons include: 

  • A severe infection in a tooth that has reached the nerves
  • A badly cracked, decayed, or broken tooth
  • Repeated fillings to a tooth
  • A tooth has a deep cavity that can’t be filled

Is a root canal a painful procedure?

It’s commonly thought that a root canal is an incredibly painful procedure; while that may have been the case decades ago, that is no longer the case. In reality, a root canal is no more painful than a cavity filling because a local anesthetic will be applied to make the area completely numb. Depending on your nerves and your dentist, they may recommend further sedation to help with your procedure.

Will I have discomfort after my root canal?

For a few days after the procedure, you may feel some tenderness, discomfort, and pain surrounding the area, specifically when biting down. You can take an over-the-counter- pain reliever to help manage your symptoms and try only chewing on the opposite side.

How can I avoid the need for future root canals?

You can avoid needing future root canals by taking care of your oral hygiene every day. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day, floss, rinse with mouthwash, avoid sugary drinks and foods, and visit your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups. 

Here at Dental Fairfield Arts, our dentists are experts at what they do, and you don’t need to worry at all about your root canal. You’re in good hands with us!

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If you are worried about your teeth, how your caffeine consumption affects your oral health, need a cleaning, or are experiencing any dental problems, give Fairfield Dental Arts a call at (203) 254-3780. Our team of dental experts is here to help you!

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