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Information regarding your root canal

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure required when the internal parts (pulp) of your tooth have become damaged or infected. It necessitates the removal of the injured or diseased tissues with replacement with an inert material that acts like a cork to seal the canal (hollow space within your tooth).

A root canal can help to save a tooth that would otherwise be extracted. It is the treatment of choice in those situations as there is "nothing like the real thing".

How many visits?

A root canal can be performed in anywhere from 1 to 3 visits (rarely any more - but difficult cases may require more).

What does the dentist do on each visit?

The first visit is usually to remove the infected/diseased tissues and reshape the inner part of your tooth to accept the filling material.

The second visit is for the "sealing" of the tooth internally. At this time a filling or buildup may be done to restore the top part of your tooth to normal. In many instances a crown is required because of the amount of damage that your tooth has sustained.

What can I expect after the visit(s)?

There may be some mild discomfort for which you will be given an analgesic. In most instances Advil, ibuprofen or aspirin may suffice. The discomfort should last no more than 1-2 days and is usually noticed primarily when biting. The primary cause is because of inflammation and sometimes infection at the base of the root.

If there was an infection prior to being seen for the procedures you may also be given an antiobiotic which you should take all of. Failure to take all of the antibiotic may result in a "reinfection" necessitating further treatment.

If you experience any swelling following your appointment call the above number immediately.

As always were are here to provide for you the best dental services anywhere. If you have any questions and/or comments please do not hesitate to speak up.

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