More often than not, patients that are new to the root canal procedure generally don’t know what to expect when they sit in the dentist’s chair.
If you’re one of those patients who has yet to sit in the dentist’s chair, you might be happy to know about a couple of the most popular misconceptions when it comes to root canal treatment. First, there’s that pesky rumor that says that root canal treatment is painful.
This one might have been true in the middle ages, but due to the leaps and bounds that dental technology has made over the years, root canal treatment is no more uncomfortable than getting a dental filling. Modern dental drills and anesthesia make it, literally, waiting with your mouth open (because that’s all you really need to do).
With anesthesia available to numb your mouth, nitrous oxide to put you at ease, and advanced dental cleaning equipment, your dentist can easily make short work of any infection or bacteria that’s causing a tooth ache.
Next we come to the next misconception, that root canal treatment is bloody. For some reason, plenty of patients think that root canal treatment is incredibly gory. While there can sometimes be a little bit of blood (due to the fact that your dentist is cleaning out blood vessels and nerve tissue), there generally isn’t too much and, what blood there is, your dentist will quickly suck away with a specialized tool.
After a root canal, your tooth might feel just a little sensitive when compared to your other teeth. This can last for some time, but shouldn’t persist for longer than a few days. Taking care of your tooth immediately after root canal treatment is relatively simple, just follow these tips:
- Avoid eating until after numbness goes away
- Do not chew on or bite with the affected tooth until it’s fully sealed and restored by your dentist
- Make sure you continue flossing and brushing to eliminate future infection
- Immediately contact your dentist if you notice swelling inside (or outside of ) your mouth, returning symptoms, hives or itching, or if your bite feels like it’s uneven.
A tooth that’s had professional endodontic treatment is fully capable of “living” as long as any of your natural teeth. Once the tooth has been fully restored and sealed, all you need to do after your initial recovery period is to remain dedicated to good oral hygiene habits, including daily brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings and check-ups by your dentist.