So your dentist has told you that you need a root canal and you’re dreading it. You might have heard stories about the procedure, and these stories might have made you apprehensive. Well, the truth is that a root canal is actually a painless type of surgery that will help keep your teeth strong and healthy for years to come.
How it Works
A root canal is needed when the pulp inside of a tooth has become infected. Pulp is a type of tissue that contains nerves and blood vessels. When it gets infected, it needs to be taken out.
The first thing that will happen is that the infected area will be numbed. You may also be administered a mild anesthetic to keep you comfortable. The dentist will then use a drill to remove the infected tissue. Once that happens, the dentist will clean out the tooth and fill it with material to seal the roots.
Since the tooth will be weakened, it will need to be strengthened through the use of a post. You’ll eventually need to come back in to have a crown placed in the area where the root canal was performed. This will keep your teeth strong.
After the Procedure
You will probably notice some sensitivity around the area for a few days, but that’s completely normal. While you shouldn’t experience any significant discomfort, your dentist can prescribe pain medication if necessary.
At Angleton Family Dental, we provide a comfortable, caring atmosphere. We will make sure you are completely at ease throughout your procedure. Schedule an appointment today by calling 979-308-4450 or contacting us online.