A root canal is a routine procedure that we provide for patients with dental infections. Root canal treatments remove the infected dental pulp from within the tooth chamber. This week is Root Canal Awareness Week, a week made to illuminate and educate patients about the misconceptions regarding root canal treatment. As your local dentist in Cincinnati, OH, we want to review how root canals can benefit you and answer common questions about root canal treatment.
Root Canal Q&A From Your Cincinnati, OH Dentist
Here we will answer common questions that patients have abt root canals and what happens during and after treatment:
What happens during a root canal?
During a root canal, Dr. Kaplan makes a hole in the tooth to access and remove infected dental pulp. The pulp is made of nerves, cells, and blood vessels that keep teeth alive. Removing the infected pulp can save the tooth. Then, Dr. Kaplan cleans the inside of the tooth chamber and fills the tooth. He may also cap off the tooth with a dental crown.
What are the common reasons for a root canal?
Many patients may require a root canal for an infected tooth. We may also recommend a root canal if patients have dental damage, deep cavities, or a bad filling. A root canal treatment can remove infected pulp and create a proper, long-lasting filling to preserve a treated tooth.
Will I need a dental crown after a root canal?
We will recommend a dental crown after a root canal if a patient has extensive damage. Crowns fully cover teeth and protect them from injuries or wear. Dental crowns are also tooth-colored, which allows them to blend in with the rest of the smile.
Are root canals painful?
We make sure that patients feel as comfortable as possible during root canal treatment. Our team will numb your treated tooth or teeth, so you will not feel any pain during treatment.
How do you heal after a root canal?
Here are some tips to keep in mind after your root canal treatment:
- Gargle warm salt water daily
- Take OTC pain medication
- Eat soft foods
- Avoid exercise or strenuous activities
Keep these tips in mind to encourage proper healing after root canal treatment.
What are the problems to look for after a root canal?
If you experience these problems after your root canal, please get in touch with our office:
- Continuous, severe pain 1-2 weeks after treatment
- Sensitivity when biting down
- Tooth discoloration
- Visible swelling
- Lost or damaged temporary crown
Tenderness is normal directly after a root canal, and it can take weeks for the teeth to heal completely. However, we ask you to call us if you have any emerging problems or have questions about caring for your treated tooth after treatment.
Do you need a root canal? You’re in good hands. Schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Marvin Kaplan online. You can also call Dr. Kaplan’s office today at (513) 540-4630.