We understand that many patients get nervous about getting a root canal treatment. It’s a process wherein we remove the infected soft tissue that’s inside of the tooth, also known as the pulp. Even that explanation alone is scary and some people will avoid getting a root canal treatment as a result.
We want to reassure you that a root canal treatment isn’t anywhere near as scary as it may seem, and that avoiding it will only make the problem worse. Let’s cover some basics of what a root canal treatment involves so you can be better equipped to deal with this procedure.
Ask a Dentist Before Using Antibiotics
Since antibiotics help with bacterial infections, many people think that they need them after a root canal treatment. With any medication (whether that’s antibiotics or even just painkillers), you want to consult with your dentist first. In some cases, the bacteria that are causing your pulp infection might be in your root canal system, and antibiotics have trouble reaching that area.
A Root Canal Treatment Is Not Painful
Many people are worried that a root canal treatment is going to give them even more pain. However, we do this treatment in order to relieve the pain you’re already feeling (or will soon feel if you aren’t already). When this procedure is done, you’re going to receive a local anesthetic that helps numb the tooth and surrounding areas so you don’t feel the pain. If you’re particularly sensitive to pain and are still worried, talk to your dentist and see what more can be done.
You May Feel Sore After the Root Canal Treatment
While pain during the procedure is unlikely assuming anesthetics are used properly, you are going to feel some soreness and sensitivity for a few days afterward. Pain relief medication can sometimes be used to help, just make sure that you consult your dentist so that you’re using appropriate medication.
You Need to Do Aftercare
Once you’re finished with your root canal treatment, it’s important that you follow it up with proper care. That means continuing to do your oral health routine like brushing and flossing your teeth. You also want to keep in contact with your dentist, ideally the one who performed the root canal. That’s because your new crown is going to last for around 10 to 15 years, so you want your dentist to keep an eye on it should any issues arise.
Eat Before Your Procedure
This is a case where it’s important that you eat before you get your root canal done. Your body needs all those extra nutrients to heal, and once you’re finished with your root canal, it’ll be difficult to eat a proper diet for a few days or even a week. Get those nutrients in now!
Catonsville Dental Care Is The Best Choice for Your Dental Health
Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and a commitment to comfort, safety, and relaxation, you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks, follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube.