Whether or not you have ever experienced a root canal procedure, you probably wish to avoid the need for such treatment. However, they are necessary to your dental and overall health when an infection reaches the center, or pulp, of the tooth. Root canal therapy, which is more commonly referred to as a root canal, is performed when damage or decay has reached the core of a tooth.
During this dental procedure, Windsor dentist Stephen Lipman will remove the remaining pulp that is in the center of the tooth and then fill the space where the pulp used to reside. A dental crown or another cosmetic dentistry restoration may be placed to protect the tooth. Your dentist will also provide some pain-reducing techniques to reduce the discomfort that you experience during and after treatment. This procedure should be performed to prevent infection from spreading. The procedure will help to relieve a persistent toothache, promote proper healing of the tooth, and stop the spread of infection.
Why Is a Root Canal Performed?
A root canal treatment is a procedure that is recommended when tooth decay will, or already has, caused permanent damage to the pulp in one, or more, teeth. It is important to have the procedure done as soon as the issue is recognized to avoid more severe problems, including a bacterial infection that could potentially reach the bloodstream.
Pain Treatment Prior to Root Canal Treatment
The first thing that your cosmetic dentist will do is numb your gums around the affected tooth with a substance that resembles jelly. After the gums are completely numb, the dentist will inject the local anesthetic that will provide complete numbing of your skin, gums, teeth, and tongue in the area where the root canal will be performed. In some cases, such as for extremely nervous or anxious patients, nitrous oxide gas is given to help the patient relax during the procedure.
Pain Treatment after a Root Canal Treatment
Once the procedure is complete, your mouth will remain numb for a few hours until the anesthetic has the chance to wear off. Once this numbing effect has dissipated, you may experience discomfort, which can be treated with acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or a stronger pain reliever as prescribed by your dentist. In most cases, the pain will only last for a day or two. If you experience pain for longer than this, you should return to the dentist, as there could be a more serious problem present.
For most patients, the temporary pain is usually at its worst when patients chew food on the side of the mouth where treatment was performed. To avoid this discomfort, patients are advised to chew on the other side of the mouth, and/or consume soft foods in the days after the root canal procedure.
Learn More about Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is a fairly common procedure that is associated with few complications. If you are worried about undergoing a root canal procedure due to fear of pain, you should contact the capable staff of Dr. Lipman today to schedule a consultation. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, address concerns, and discuss the pain treatment options offered.