Out of all the dental procedures, root canals are one of the most dreaded, but sometimes they’re necessary to save your tooth. Dr. Patrick Cieplak and the rest of the staff at Cieplak Dental are well-versed in the procedure and like to make sure patients are well-educated on this treatment option. Knowing what to expect and what takes place during a root canal makes the ordeal much less intimidating.
Why You Might Need a Root Canal
The main reason for someone needing a root canal is because a tooth’s interior soft tissue has started to swell or has become infected due to injury, decay, or repeated dental procedures on the tooth. Indications that you might need to visit a dentist include chronic sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures or pain and tenderness when chewing or touching the inflamed tooth.
What Happens During the Procedure
During a root canal, the infected or swollen soft tissue is removed before the inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned out and sealed. You’ll need to come back to our offices to be fitted for a restoration, such as a crown. Because some patients are anxious when it comes to dental procedures, know that you’ll receive an anesthetic during your procedure to keep you comfortable.
After the procedure is complete, you’re free to use over-the-counter medicine to relieve any pain or discomfort you might feel while you’re recovering. Until your treated tooth has been properly restored, it’s best that you refrain from biting or chewing with the tooth.
Contact Dr. Cieplak and the rest of our team if you think you might be in need of a root canal. There’s no need for you to spend your days in pain when relief is a simple procedure away!