Before You Go Posted on April 12, 2014

Getting Ready For a Root Canal?

The root canal has a reputation for being a painful endodontics procedure, but the truth is that they are meant to relieve pain rather than cause it. If you have pain from an infection in the dental pulp (endodontics is the specialty dealing with the pulp), a root canal may be performed at your dental center to treat it. If you’re having a root canal done, here are some things you want to know before your visit.

A root canal treats a tooth which has become infected or even inflamed. Often, pain or discomfort signals the presence of such an infection, and if you experience such tenderness, particularly if the pain is sharp when eating or chewing, you should contact your dental center to find out more. A root canal is not the only possible course of treatment: a crown or filling may be called for instead, and the sooner you can see an endodontics specialist, the more promptly he or she can examine the sensitive tooth to make a proper determination.

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When you arrive at your dental center, the procedure starts with a local anaesthetic to numb the area. Then, an endodontics specialist drills into the infected tooth. If the tooth in question is in the back of the mouth, this canal is drilled from the top or biting surface, while if the tooth is in the front of the mouth, the canal is drilled from behind the tooth so it cannot be seen. This canal creates a path to the root so that the dentist can remove dead or dying tissue, after which the canal is cleaned and disinfected, then sealed to keep further infection from returning. After the canal is sealed, your specialist may want to place a crown to protect the treated tooth. This may be done either on the same visit, or may be scheduled on a separate follow-up visit.

Following the root canal, you may experience some discomfort for several days, which can usually be treated with over-the-counter pain medications. It is likely that you will be advised not to chew with the treated tooth for several days in order to prevent irritation, as well as to prevent possible damage to the repairs that would allow a new infection to enter the tooth.

Endodontics in Cranberry is a dental center based in Cranberry, PA, and we would love to be of assistance to you. Visit for more information about root canals or other endodontics services available through our office.