Root canal treatment (also called endodontic treatment) is a process whereby the inflamed or infected pulp inside the tooth is removed. The inside of the tooth is disinfected and sealed. After the root canal, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection and will continue to function like any other tooth.
It is necessary to have endodontic or root canal treatment when the inside of your tooth (the pulp) becomes inflamed or infected as a result of deep decay, repeated dental procedures, or a crack or chip in the tooth. Trauma to your tooth may also cause pulp damage requiring endodontic treatment.
Your comfort is our top priority. We take every measure possible to ensure you are comfortable both during and after treatment. The anesthesia (numbness) normally lasts about 2-3 hours after treatment. It is normal to have mild/moderate soreness for up to a week after treatment. We recommend taking Advil and Tylenol after the procedure if you are able to safely take these medications.
Most patients will experience mild soreness, particularly with biting or chewing, for a few days. Everyone's rate of healing is different; some patients have discomfort for one day, some for a week. However, if you experience anything beyond mild discomfort, or if you develop any facial swelling, please call the office.
You should not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored by your dentist. The unrestored tooth is susceptible to fracture, so you should see your dentist for a definitive restoration as soon as possible.