You’ve just found out that you’re going to need a root canal. If you’re like most people, you are hoping that the procedure will be pain-free, that you’ll have a quick recovery, and that your teeth will still look the same when the root canal is done.
Dr. Semashko, an endodontist in Pittsburgh, has performed many thousands of root canals, and he can answer all of the questions you have about preparing for a root canal.
An endodontist is a dental specialist who has attended an additional two years or more of dental school. Since an endodontist specializes in saving patients’ teeth, you can be assured you’ll be receiving great care from one of these professionals. General dentists can perform root canals, but an endodontist treats people who need this procedure every day, and has high-tech instruments, including surgical operating microscopes, electric handpieces, electronic apex locators, digital X-rays, and ultrasonic instruments. Their experience and knowledge, as well as the instruments they use, ensure that you’ll be getting proper treatment.
Some medications thin your blood. If you’re on aspirin every day, or you are taking blood thinners, let your endodontist know so that your treatment plan can be changed if necessary.
Root canals from many years ago were uncomfortable. Since then, dozens of advancements have been made in anesthesia, techniques, and devices. Root canals are now very nearly pain-free, but many people don’t know that. If you’re concerned about getting this procedure, be sure to talk to your endodontist about it. He or she will explain what happens during a root canal, what you’ll feel, and what you won’t feel.
Although this is about what happened after the procedure, you should start planning for it before the root canal. That’s because a root canal weakens the structure of the tooth, and you’ll need a crown in order to be able to properly chew food again. Once your root canal is completed, your endodontist will send you back to your general dentist for a restoration appointment. During this appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary packing that was placed in your tooth to stabilize the structure. They’ll give you a temporary crown, and then you’ll return for the permanent crown. This permanent crown will fit over your tooth and will look just like your other teeth – same size, same color. You’ll be able to bite and chew on it as though it was your real tooth. Remember to buy some soft foods before you get your root canal. That way, you’ll be able to eat again instead of searching for a snack or meal that isn’t hard, stick, or crunchy.
If you need a root canal in Pittsburgh, call Dr. Semashko at Endodontics in Cranberry. He has been saving patients’ teeth for more than 25 years, and he approaches everyone who walks into his office with compassion.