Getting a root canal does not have to be a worrisome procedure. There are a lot of myths about root canals, but very few truths that are known by most. If you need a root canal, make sure you know what to expect. Here at Smith Dental, we can help you with many procedures, including a root canal. First, let’s go over what you should know about a root canal.
What You Need to Know About a Root Canal
A lot of people believe that a root canal is a painful alternative for a tooth that should just be extracted. This is wrong on two fronts. Root canals help alleviate pain, not cause it, and it is meant to save the tooth. Extraction is very traumatic for your mouth, especially the area right around the tooth being pulled. If you can save that tooth, it can spare your mouth some misery, plus leave you with a fully-functional tooth that isn’t going to make you sick or hurt, when the root canal is done properly. While you may be sore following the root canal, you should notice a rapid decrease in any discomfort, and a healthier tooth in very little time.
What Goes Into a Root Canal
A root canal is basically a deep cleaning of the inside of your tooth. It is used when the inside of your tooth is infected, as a way to prevent the infection from spreading. If you do not get an infected tooth fixed, and rid your body of the infection, it can cause a lot of damage to your entire body, not just your mouth. What we do is numb up the area and drill down into the tooth. We take out all of the infected pulp, and scrape out the canals where the root of your tooth once was. Once the inside of the tooth is cleaned out, we pack your tooth with a coating of an antibiotic, then fill the tooth. The final step is putting a crown over the tooth to cap it, restoring the integrity of your tooth that was lost when the tooth was hollowed out.
You are numbed up during the entire procedure, and shouldn’t feel any pain or discomfort. After the procedure, you need to take it easy the rest of the day, but you should be feeling better in no time. We go out of our way to ensure that you have the greatest level of comfort possible. Should you notice that the tooth still has pain after a few days, come back in and let us take a look.
Here at Smith Dental, we can help you with any type of procedure you need to help protect your teeth. A root canal can help restore an unhealthy tooth back to a healthy tooth that keeps your smile intact. Give us a call at (503) 746-9361 if you have questions about a root canal, or if you need a root canal performed. We are here to help!
Smith Dental, 1907 Mountain Home Lane, Suite 100, Forest Grove, OR, 97116 - Related Terms: Root Canals Forest Grove OR -
Ryan Smith DDS Forest Grove OR -
Dentist Forest Grove OR -
(503) 746-9361 - www.forestgrovefamilydentistry.com - 6/13/2019