A root canal is a dental procedure that can save an infected, damaged or severely decayed tooth from becoming lost. Root canal therapy is often necessary when other treatment options are not an option. It is important to know the signs that a root canal is necessary to ensure the long-term health of the tooth. When…
Root Canal FAQs
At Greene Dental Associates we regularly perform root canals for patients of our Fairborn, OH dental office. Root canals are completed in order to save teeth that have become severely infected or damaged. Though root canals tend to have a bad reputation, they are actually an incredibly effective tool for preventing tooth extractions. For this reason, we encourage you to learn more about this procedure and how it can be beneficial for you. After reviewing our FAQ, if you have any questions please call (937) 310-8039 and schedule an appointment with our 45324 dentist office.
Why are root canals necessary?
When the center of the tooth (dental pulp) becomes infected, we need to pull out the infected portion of the tooth. In order to do so, we must perform a root canal.
What happens if root canals are not performed?
The infection will likely spread, cause intense amounts of discomfort and create the need for a tooth extraction so that the infection does not spread throughout the mouth or into the jawbone.
Why do root canals have a bad reputation?
As a Fairborn dentist, we find that most people associate root canals with pain. In reality, the root canal procedure does not hurt because we numb the area and provide patients with anesthesia. However, the infection itself can cause incredible amounts of pain so most people come to our office already uncomfortable. The association is a natural one to make but after the procedure, our 45324 patients typically report feeling much better.
Will I be awake during a root canal?
Typically, yes. However, you will be given anesthesia and can receive sedation so that you are relaxed, calm, do not feel any discomfort, and feel generally positive about the experience.
Will I need to take antibiotics?
It is common for us to prescribe antibiotics as a way to ensure that any lingering infection is eliminated. However, we prescribe them on a case by case basis so this will depend on what we discover during your examination and consultation.
How do you perform root canals?
After patients have been given anesthesia, we will create a small hole in the tooth. We can then pull out the infected dental pulp and may also remove your roots if they are infected. By taking an x-ray beforehand, we will know how much needs to be removed. Once done, the area will be cleaned and the hole sealed with a rubber-like substance. In order to complete the restoration of your tooth, you may also require a dental filling or crown.
How long is the recovery process after a root canal?
Your tooth may be sore for a few days but you should begin to feel better after that. During your recovery process, you can take ibuprofen and use a cold compress to help reduce swelling and increase your comfort level. Be careful with what you eat during the first week or two and avoid anything too hard or sharp to ensure that you do not unnecessarily irritate your tooth.
To learn more about root canals, call (937) 310-8039 and schedule an appointment with our Fairborn, OH dental office. At Greene Dental Associates, we will be happy to assist you and to answer any questions that you may have.
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