Root Canal Procedure
Before the Procedure
The endodontist will first perform a preliminary treatment in order to remove the source of the pulp infection, and then determine whether the lost structure of the tooth can be retrieved.
In some cases, such as when a patient has gum disease, it is much harder, perhaps even impossible, to save the tooth.
After you are administered a local anesthesia to numb the tooth, then the root canal treatment begins.
During the Procedure
Once your tooth has gone numb from the anesthesia, the dentist performs the following steps:
A typical root canal treatment will take between 45 to 90 minutes. Depending on the severity of the infected pulp, the entire treatment process might require 2 or more dental appointments
After the Procedure
In some cases, the dentist might prescribe antibiotics to you for additional treatment or stop the infection. The after-effects of root canal treatment are only minor, but it is normal to experience some form of minor discomfort for a few days after the procedure. This is something that can be managed with pain medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin.
It is always important to follow the instructions that your endodontist has given to you.
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