If you are experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms, it is likely your dentist will recommend root canal therapy:
Redness, swelling, and tenderness surrounding the tooth (in the gum tissue)
Pimple-like growths on the gums
Increased sensitivity to hot or cold
Pain and difficulty biting down on a certain tooth
Consistent pain in one tooth
The process of getting a root canal isn’t as painful as people will lead you to believe. In fact, the first step we take is to inject a local anesthetic into the area we’re treating to make the process virtually painless. Then, we access the inner chamber of your tooth to remove the infected pulp and sanitize the area. We’ll then rebuild the structure using a substance called gutta percha and top the treated tooth off with a customized dental crown for added protection.
While you will feel no pain throughout your root canal procedure, you can expect to experience some soreness and discomfort once the anesthesia wears off. This is completely normal and can be treated by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever as instructed. If we prescribe any medication, please be sure to take it according to the instructions provided.
You might also have mild sensitivity following your root canal, but do not worry, as it should not last more than a few days. Getting plenty of rest, avoiding hot or cold foods or beverages, and ceasing the use of tobacco in the days following your procedure is important for successful healing.
Should you experience pain that lasts longer than a few days or increased sensitivity, make sure to contact our office as soon as possible.