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I Need a Root Canal. What Can I Expect?

July 18, 2017
Posted By: Jason Rogers, DDS
Root Canal, Glenview Dentist, Gallery Park Dental

For years, root canals have been on the list of most feared experiences by many Americans; however, due to advances in techniques and anesthetic, many root canals can performed with little to no pain. The root canal procedure is the removal and disinfection of the nerve of the tooth. Untreated cavities or trauma can lead to a process where the nerve of the tooth becomes severely inflamed or infected. This often times, but not always, causes pain and swelling.

Is the Root Canal Procedure Painful?

With advances in techniques and anesthetics the root canal procedure has become significantly more tolerable to most patients. In the majority of cases, the patient will not experience much pain during the procedure. In some cases where there is a lot of infection or inflammation, the anesthetic does not work as well. An important aspect to controlling the pain of the procedure is alleviating the anxiety of the patient during the procedure. At Gallery Park Dental, our doctors can use anxiety medication or nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help the patient feel at ease.

Will I been in Pain after a Root Canal?

In most cases a patient will feel better after the root canal is completed because the original pain from the tooth will begin to be alleviated. Often times there is some mild discomfort after a root canal that can be controlled with over-the-counter Ibuprofen or Tylenol. In rare cases a patient may experience of flare-up of pain following a root canal that may require stronger pain medication.

Will I Need to Take Antibiotics?

Usually antibiotics will not be needed after the completion of the root canal. After the tooth is treated with a root canal, the body’s natural immune system will be able to clear up the infection on its own. In cases where there is active swelling or the patient has developed a fever because of the infection, antibiotics may be needed.

I’ve Finish the Root Canal. What’s Next?

Following the completion of a root canal, the tooth will likely need a crown. This is because the tooth becomes somewhat fragile after removal of the decay and infected nerve. Until a crown is placed on the tooth, there is a high risk of tooth fracture.

If you’re in need of a root canal, contact our Glenview dentists at Gallery Park Dental for a consultation!

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