When a tooth develops a cavity, it can often be fixed with a filling or a crown. However, if the infection spreads to the tooth's dental pulp, then your Edmonton dentist will most likely recommend a root canal treatment. While a root canal is among the most helpful and important procedures in dentistry, many people are unfortunately scared of the procedure itself and of the recovery process afterwards. At the Azarko Dental Group Edmonton dental clinics, we strive to put our patients' minds at ease by explaining to them what a root canal is and what the recovery process is like.
What Exactly is a Root Canal?
The purpose of a root canal is to clean out the infected dental pulp inside of a tooth in order to stop the infection from spreading. When you arrive at your Edmonton dental clinic for the procedure, your dentist will begin by administering a local anaesthetic. This will ensure that you do not feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure. It is a common misconception that root canals are painful. The experience is much like having a filling placed.
Once you no longer have feeling in the area, your dentist will use a drill to access your tooth's root canals. The infected dental pulp is cleared out and replaced with a dental composite material to prevent further infection. The tooth is then sealed and, in order to strengthen the tooth, your dentist may also cover it with a dental crown.
How Long Does It Take to Recover After a Root Canal?
The pain of a badly infected tooth will immediately subside following a root canal. However, it is perfectly normal to experience some mild tenderness for a few days as the tooth and the tissue around it heals. Over the course of about a week, you will notice any pain or discomfort gradually subsiding. You should be able to manage any tenderness with over-the-counter painkillers, but your dentist may prescribe stronger painkillers beforehand if your infection was severe.
You'll be able to eat and drink normally once the anaesthetic wears off, but you'll want to avoid biting or chewing with the treated tooth until your tenderness has subsided. Try to chew mainly on the opposite side of your mouth to give your tooth time to heal. You can keep brushing and flossing your teeth as usual, just remember to be gentle around your treated tooth.
Edmonton Dentist Providing Root Canal Treatment
Without a root canal, a dental pulp infection will continue to grow and may even spread to other facial structures. By removing the dental pulp, your Edmonton dentist will be able to save your tooth, stop the infection, and relieve your pain. If you are experiencing dental pain and think you might have a tooth infection, then don't hesitate to book an appointment at one of the two Azarko Dental Group Edmonton dental clinics today.
14938 Stony Plain Rd.
Edmonton, AB T5P 3X8
969 James Mowatt Trail SW
Edmonton, AB T6W 1S4