Root canals are conducted to repair a tooth damaged by infected tissue surrounding and underneath the tooth. During the root canal procedure, we will drill into the infected tooth, extract the infected material, clean the inside of tooth and tissue, and fill the tooth back in to prevent further infection from causing problems.
The patient will be under general anesthesia while the procedure is performed.
This type of procedure can present mild to moderate pain for the patient since it is invasive. We will offer pain management solutions after the procedure is complete for a healthy and comfortable recovery, but pain may persist for a while.
Preparation for a Root Canal Before and After the Procedure
Preparation for a root canal is important for ensuring a healthy and speedy recovery. Before the procedure, we will need to consult with you about your medical history as well as any current medication you are taking. We will also discuss the procedure at this time and can answer any question you may have.
The procedure is generally an outpatient procedure. After the completion of the procedure, be sure to have someone who is willing to drive you back home. Since the procedure requires you to go under, you will not be able to drive home by yourself and will need assistance.
When you get home, you will be experiencing moderate pain, however, we will prescribe you medication to combat the discomfort. To help with the healing process, we ask that you stop smoking as it can hinder the healing process and we also suggest cleaning teeth very gently as soon as possible to inhibit bacterial growth.
It is important to come contact us as soon as possible if signs of infection begin to form. Some signs of infection are growing or unbearable pain, excessive swelling of gums days after the operation, and the inability to eat comfortably for a long period of time. If you have more questions or concerns, please give us a visit or contact us.