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What to Expect During a Root Canal Procedure

November 28, 2018
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Posted By: Kaya Aygen, D.M.D.
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If you are experiencing severe pain and pressure in a tooth along with swelling and sensitivity, you may have an infection inside the tooth. To alleviate the pain and eliminate the risk of losing the tooth, you may need a root canal.

But don’t panic! Root canals are straightforward and common procedures. Knowing what to expect can ease your worries. Advanced technology and modern dentistry procedures make root canals in Sarasota safe and comfortable.

Will I Be Uncomfortable During the Procedure?

A topical anesthetic is used to numb the affected area. You may feel light pressure as the work is performed, but you will not feel any pain. If you’re especially anxious about the procedure, you can opt to receive sedation intravenously. Once the procedure is finished, you’ll be glad you don’t have to deal with a painful, tender tooth any longer.

What Happens During a Root Canal?

Your dentist will remove the pulp of the tooth and any bacteria using a small hole in the enamel. The tooth will then be filled and sealed, although in some cases this is done in a separate appointment. Since the tooth structure is weakened during a root canal and may also have decay, the next step involves restoring the tooth using a crown. This is the final step for root canals in Sarasota that usually takes places a few weeks later.

How Sore Will I Be Sore After a Root Canal?

It’s normal to feel soreness for a few days after a root canal. Until you get your permanent crown, it’s best to avoid chewing on that side of your mouth and eat only soft foods. Take anti-inflammatory medicine to reduce any pain for the first few days and be sure to continue brushing and flossing your teeth.

Ready to Learn More?

If you have a root canals or any other dental concerns, don’t wait to contact Dr. Aygen at Sarasota Dental Arts. Schedule an appointment today and feel confident that you are in good hands.

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