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Recovering from Root Canal Treatment

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.

Common Questions about Root Canals

Root canal therapy is a common dental procedure used to save a tooth that’s become infected. Put simply, when bacteria makes its way to the inside of your tooth, infection and inflammation can spread to the dental pulp and the root canal – which rests inside and underneath each of your teeth.

At Cypress DDS, we frequently help patients preserve their teeth with expert root canal treatment in Cypress, CA. Learn more about the procedure and the many questions that patients have about it below.

Unfortunately, root canal treatment (often simplified to: “Root canal”) has a reputation for being painful and uncomfortable. This leads us to the first most frequently asked questions about root canal treatment:

“Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?”

You’ll be happy to know the answer here is: no. The reputation root canals have for being painful comes from a combination of misconceptions. First, dental science has come a long way. Years ago, patients had to bear drilling and cleaning of the root canal with limited anesthesia – which had a tendency to be very painful. On top of this, the pain associated with the toothache from an infected root canal also makes patients assume the procedure is painful. In reality, root canal treatment with modern anesthesia is virtually painless and no more uncomfortable than a common filling. If you’re nervous about pain and discomfort and think you might need a root canal, realize this: root canal treatment is designed to alleviate pain, not cause it.

What symptoms are associated with the need for root canal therapy?

There are occasions when there are actually no symptoms present when a patient needs root canal treatment. However, more often than not, there are a few indicators and they are generally hard to ignore.

  • Sensitivity that persists after hot or cold stimuli have been removed.
  • Severe pain when you apply pressure to a tooth while eating
  • A tooth that’s become disccolored over time
  • Gums that are swollen, tender, or bleeding near a painful tooth
  • A pimple-like bump on your teeth

How to avoid needing a root canal

Apart from regular visits to your dentist, the best way to avoid the need for root canal treatment is to take good care of your teeth, that means regular brushing (twice to three times a day) and flossing, while also working to minimize bacteria in your mouth with mouth washes and other anti-bacterial rinses.

What are the causes of a root canal?

Generally, the causes of infection or inflammation that lead to the need for root canal treatment center around bacteria that reaches its way to the inside of your tooth. This can come from the following source:

  • A tooth that’s been injured or broken
  • Dental procedures performed on the same tooth
  • A deep, untreated cavity

Have more questions about root canals? For patients in Cypress, CA we’re here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and wave goodbye to pain.