Most of us, at some point in life, will either need a root canal or someone we care about will.  Understanding what a root canal is will help reduce anxiety and help you know what questions to ask your dental provider.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal in Lincoln Park is performed when a natural tooth has become infected or has extensive decay causing lasting pain. During the procedure, your dental provider will remove the nerve and pulp from the center of the tooth. Once that is completed, the tooth will be cleaned out, medicine may be placed in the tooth and then the tooth is sealed. The sealant may be a temporary filling if your provider believes you may need further treatment for infection, or it may be a permanent filling.

Is a Root Canal Painful?

Root canals have the reputation of being extremely painful, but the truth is they are not. A qualified dentist will use adequate numbing agent before the procedure so it is pain free. After the procedure, when the Novocain wears off, you may notice tenderness in the jaw area from having your mouth open for an extended period of time. Typically this pain is no more than you feel after a simple cavity is filled.

What to Expect After a Root Canal?

You may experience some degree of tenderness around the tooth which can be controlled with Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen. If you have a temporary filling, you will return to your provider for a follow up with a week or two.

Please keep in mind that a root canal does have a follow-up procedure, and it is vital you have it completed timely. A tooth that has undergone a root canal can become weak and brittle over time, and a crown helps prevent breakage.

If you would like more information about root canal in Lincoln Park, please contact Dental Professionals of Lincoln Park.

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