Despite its reputation, this procedure is actually used to relieve pain, not cause it. Simply put, it’s a minimally invasive, nonsurgical way to remove infected tissue from inside your tooth in order to protect your mouth and your overall health. Successful root canal therapy could mean the difference between keeping a natural tooth and needing to replace it. Call Worcester Endodontics today to set up a consultation if you have a damaged or hurting tooth that needs to be treated right away.
You may have an infection that requires root canal therapy if:
Root canal therapy is completed in one to three visits. The area around the tooth will be numbed with a local anesthetic. Then we’ll create an opening in the tooth in order to remove the pulp inside. We’ll then need to clean the inside of the tooth (including the various root canals) in order to make sure that the infection is completely gone. Afterwards, the tooth will be filled with a biocompatible material and sealed. We may suggest a crown for added strength and protection as well.
During the next few days, you can take any medication that has been prescribed to you to manage your discomfort. Plan to eat softer foods at first, and only chew with the side of the mouth that didn’t receive treatment. You can brush your teeth normally, but you’ll have to be gentle with the treated tooth. You can expect the pain to fade after a few days; if it does not, call our office immediately.