Most root canal therapies are non-surgical procedures commonly done to remove an infection that has affected the pulp of the tooth. The pulp is located in the root canal that extends from the root to the crown of your tooth. Once the tooth is completely developed it no longer needs the support of the pulp.
During root canal therapy a small opening will be drilled into the surface of the tooth so that the infected pulp can be removed. The root canal will be cleaned out and your dentist will apply an antiseptic solution. Next, he will fill the canal and seal it off to prevent more bacteria from getting in and causing further infection. Your dentist may prescribe an antibiotic as an extra dose of prevention. Soon after root canal therapy he will install a permanent filling or a crown to restore the tooth’s structure.
Don’t put stock in the stories you may have heard. Non-surgical root canal therapy is a lot like having a tooth filled. Novocaine is used to prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure which can often be completed in one session. The best thing about the treatment however is that it can keep you from losing your natural tooth due to trauma or decay. It can restore your ability to chew your food thoroughly and with ease and let you get back to living without the pain of infection.
If your tooth was causing you pain before the therapy was performed it may take a few days for the discomfort to subside completely. In the meantime an over the counter medication should work to make you more comfortable. A follow up appointment will be scheduled usually within the next six months, just to assure that the healing process is proceeding as expected but if you have any concerns before then don’t hesitate to call your dentist.
Dr. Conway of Spokane Valley Dentistry is technically equipped and personally experienced in performing non-surgical root canal therapies. Call the office @ 509-926-6261 to arrange for a consultation and evaluation today.