December 15 2020 by Mills Haven Dental
So, your dentist told you that it’s time for a root canal. That can seem scary. We’re here to tell you that root canals may have a bad reputation, but they’re actually very safe and painless when done right!
A root canal is meant to preserve a tooth that is infected, injured, or even dead. Unfortunately, once a tooth has died, there's no bringing it back. Root canals are a method to preserve teeth without pulling them, so you can avoid a gap in your smile! Usually, a root canal is your last option to keep a tooth that is past the point of healing.
We often get asked, “how can I prepare for my root canal?” It’s a great question, and the good news is that you don’t need to do much to prepare for your procedure.
Most root canals are extremely routine, and your dentist can have it completed within an hour.
Your dentist’s goal is to remove the inflamed or infected “pulp” that is on the inside of your tooth. Pulp is the connective tissue, blood vessels, and cells that make up the innermost layer of a tooth. Once all the bad stuff is cleared out, they’ll seal or fill the space so that it can’t be refilled with any bacteria.
Your root canal won’t put you out for long! Many people go back to work or school right after this procedure.
It’s not uncommon to have a little bit of discomfort, pain, or sensitivity for a few days. However, most people report feeling better almost immediately after a root canal. This is because all the dead or infected pulp has been removed, which was probably causing discomfort before your trip to the dentist. If your pain is extreme or persistent, it’s best to reach out to your dentist immediately.
Once totally healed up, you’ll be able to use your tooth the way it was intended! Biting and chewing should be no problem for you.