FAQs: Root Canal Therapy

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Root canal therapy is a common procedure that takes place each and every day in dentist offices around the country. For the most part, root canal therapy is straightforward and simple. However, there are often many questions regarding the entire process. 

Learning more about root canal therapy can be helpful for patients getting ready for the procedure. General dentists can recommend certain tips to prepare oneself for the process, as well as for what to do afterward. Keep reading to find out more!

FAQs: Root canal therapy

Outlined below are commonly asked questions and answers about root canals. Talking with a general dentist about specific questions is also a good idea, as they can provide further and more detailed insight into the procedure.

1. What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment removes bacteria from a person's infected tooth. They are also done to further prevent bacterial infections from re-entering the tooth. During the procedure, the general dentist or oral surgeon will remove the infected areas of the tooth. They will then clean out the entire interior of the tooth. Finally, the cavity will be filled and sealed and often covered with a dental crown. 

2. Do root canals hurt?

The myth behind root canals is that they cause an immense amount of pain. However, over the years, as general dentistry has greatly improved, there is no longer a great deal of pain associated with the procedure. While there is mild discomfort, most patients do not experience that much pain. 

3. Can a general dentist perform a root canal?

Yes! Many general dentists can perform root canal therapy. However, sometimes oral surgeons do too, especially if the infection has progressed severely. 

4. How long does recovery take?

Most general dentists state that root canal recovery should not take more than a couple of days. The procedure is not invasive, but it can leave a patient feeling weak or tired. It is best to take a day or two from work or school to ensure that healing takes place. 

5. What are aftercare tips once the root canal is complete?

General dentists recommend a great deal of rest and relaxation immediately after a root canal procedure has been performed. They also offer the following tips:

  • Practice good oral hygiene and rinse with salt water to ensure that the mouth stays bacteria-free during the healing process
  • Adjust to a soft food or liquid diet for a few days to ensure that the wound heals
  • Avoid strenuous activity for a few days
  • Use ice and cold compresses to reduce pain and bring down swelling
  • Take over-the-counter pain medication to help with the discomfort and swelling

Root canal therapy

General dentists are the best resource to use when it comes to preparing for a root canal. Questions can be answered and concerns can be addressed. If you would like to chat further about root canals, then reach out to our office so we can help you.

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