The American Association of Endodontists define a root canal as a “treatment designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save the natural tooth,” which we find to be a pretty apt definition at Audubon Dental Center.
The term “root canal” has a seriously negative connotation in popular culture, usually because, in the past, the procedure has been somewhat synonymous with pain. You’ll often hear a cheeky character in a movie or on a television show say something like, “I’d rather get a root canal,” when posed with the question of doing something they don’t want to do.
However, it’s pretty reckless and irresponsible for folks to perpetuate such information that might make a person reluctant to get a root canal when they need it. Root canals are designed to relieve pain, not cause it. So, if you require a root canal and you’re not doing anything about it, you could be experiencing tremendous amounts of unnecessary pain for no good reason at all.
Below, Audubon Dental Center provides some information about the root canal procedure. We’re all about educating our patients on procedures to shed a little more light on what we do, not to mention raise awareness about what patients can do who are living with tooth and mouth discomfort.
What to Expect from Your Root Canal
During your consultation your dentist will examine the tooth in question and perform an x-ray, as well as administer a local anesthetic to numb the tooth. Your dentist will create an opening in the tooth and clean out the infected pulp from the pulp chamber as well as the root canals, shaping the space for filling. Your dentist will then fill your tooth with biocompatible materials placed with adhesive cement. During an additional visit patient will often have a crown placed over the tooth in question to prevent future infection.
See, the root canal procedure doesn’t sound so bad, right?
Do Root Canal Treatment and Recovery Hurt?
You may experience some amount of pain for a day or two after your root canal procedure, especially if you were experiencing discomfort leading up to the procedure, however, pain should subside quickly. Your newly treated tooth may feel different than your other teeth for some time. If you do experience pain that lasts longer than a couple of days, you should probably consult with your oral health care provider for best next steps.
Expert Root Canal Treatments in Clinton, MD
At Audubon Dental Center we have the tools, techniques, not to mention the personnel to get the job done. Specialists like Dr. Pantano are here to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted, not to mention help you enjoy that smile for years to come. Contact Audubon Dental Center today to schedule your consultation!