There are a few persistent myths in dentistry, like the one about George Washington wearing wooden dentures. Not true! Another common tooth-related disbelief — and this myth is far more damaging — is the idea that root canals are extremely painful. Anyone who has ever had the treatment will tell you that it’s actually the pain leading up to the treatment that causes the real discomfort. Rather, a root canal in Lancaster, PA frees you from your aches and lets you get on with your life.
Dr. Sean Moriarty provides comfortable root canal therapy at Mor Smiles. Keep reading for answers to some of the top questions regarding the common restorative treatment.
Q: Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
A: Your dentist in Lancaster, PA may recommend a root canal (also known as endodontic treatment) when your tooth decay has reached below the surface of the tooth to infect the interior pulp, or the area we commonly refer to as the “nerve.” It’s never anyone’s favorite news, but you can actually look at your upcoming root canal in a positive light. The treatment is often the last option before extraction of the tooth is necessary — so it’s a good idea to put on your brave face and be happy we can still save your tooth!
Q: What Happens During a Root Canal?
A: To perform a root canal, we administer local anesthesia and sedation to ensure your complete comfort throughout the procedure. After you are totally relaxed, the root canal is completed in the following steps.
- An access hole is created in the back or chewing surface of the tooth.
- All infected tissue is removed with a special, vacuum-like tool.
- The root canals are measured and reshaped.
- A material called gutta percha refills the tooth.
- A permanent or temporary filling/crown is placed.
- In a second appointment as needed, a permanent crown is placed.
Q: Do Root Canals Hurt?
A: Nope! With modern anesthesia and the latest offerings in sedation, the chances that you experience even moderate discomfort during your root canal therapy are extremely slim. As we pointed out earlier, it’s really the original ache that causes the most discomfort related to root canal therapy.
Q: What’s the Recovery From a Root Canal Like?
A: After your root canal is complete, we’ll send you home with thorough instructions to help you enjoy a speedy recovery. Maintain a soft foods diet until discomfort allows you to resume eating normally. If your root canal is carried out over two appointments, avoid hard, sticky, or crunchy foods until your permanent restoration has been applied.
It is normal to experience discomfort and swelling after your root canal therapy — it is oral surgery, after all. You should notify Mor Smiles, however, if your symptoms last longer than a week or two.
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If you need a root canal, you can’t go wrong trusting Dr. Moriarty for comfortable, efficient care. Schedule an appointment for expert endodontic treatment at Mor Smiles today!