- On August 30, 2016
Root Canals and FAQs
Getting a root canal really isn’t anybody’s idea of a good time. In fact, your dentist doesn’t even want you to get one if you don’t really need it! After all, they aren’t exactly the most fun procedure in the world.
However, there are times when a root canal is essential to save your tooth and the health of your mouth. Keep reading to learn more about the common questions people ask about root canal treatment.
How Long Will the Procedure Take?
One of the first questions people ask when they hear they need a root canal is how long they’ll be in the dentist’s chair. With most people having a full calendar packed with work and family life, it isn’t a particularly odd question.
How long treatment takes really depends on the tooth and what needs to be done to it. For the most part, a routine root canal will be finished within two hours. Some root canals that need additional work could take three or more, however.
If you have a tight schedule, it’s best to make your root canal appointment on a day you have off or after lunch so you can go home and rest when treatment is completed.
Will It Hurt?
Before your dentist begins the procedure, you will be given a shot to numb the side of your mouth where the tooth being worked on is located. If you’ve never had a dental shot before, it feels like a gentle sting that subsides in just a few seconds.
Once numb, you likely won’t feel anything during your treatment outside of a bit of pressure or a dull non-irritating sensation on the surface of the tooth. If you feel pain, let your dentist know and they’ll take steps to make sure the area is completely numbed.
How Long Does a Root Canal Take to Heal?
Most people assume that a recently-treated tooth is going to take weeks or months to heal. The fact is that most people don’t feel pain or notice any difference in how they feel 48 to 72 hours later, though some teeth may take longer.
In general, you will be fitted with a temporary crown for a few days until the permanent crown is placed to cover the tooth. Once the permanent crown is placed, you will likely become acclimated to it within a week or two.
When Can I Eat Again?
Eating after treatment is fine, though you should wait until your mouth is no longer numb to avoid biting your tongue. When you have a temporary crown you should avoid biting on that side of your mouth.
Once your permanent crown is placed, avoid crunchy and hard foods for a few days in that area. After a week or so, you will be able to return to eating normally. If you do experience pain when biting, contact your dentist, as an adjustment to the crown may be needed.
What about Aftercare?
Aftercare for your tooth is relatively simple. Aside from avoiding certain hard or hard-to-chew foods, brushing and flossing is the most important thing that you need to do.
Brushing and flossing the area will keep the tooth clean. If you experience any pain, over-the-counter pain relievers can be used.
Dr. David Brumbaugh
Please feel free to contact David Brumbaugh, D.D.S online or call 214-945-8708 for more answers about root canal treatment. Whether you’ve got questions about cleanings or restorative treatments or any other dental procedure, David Brumbaugh D.D.S can help you.