If you need a root canal done to save your tooth, you probably have a lot of questions! Allow your Warner Robins dentist, Dr. Strandburg, to answer frequently asked questions about a root canal procedure:
What happens during the root canal procedure?
During a root canal procedure, your Warner Robins dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the area, drill a small hole in the tooth, remove the infected dental pulp, clean the now-vacant area, and seal it again. Dr. Strandburg will use a biocompatible material to fill your tooth so it will easily coexist with other living material within the tooth.
Why did my tooth’s pulp die?
Dental pulp is very vulnerable to bacteria and germs. Bacteria may reach the dental pulp if there is a crack in the tooth, a deep cavity, or the tooth experiences trauma. Once bacteria reach the dental pulp, the pulp will likely become infected and die.
What are signs that I need a root canal?
Common signs that dental pulp is infected include an abscess on the gums, your tooth begins to darken, you have sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, or you have severe pain near the infected tooth.
What’s the alternative to a root canal procedure?
The alternative to a root canal procedure is extracting the tooth altogether. If you extract the tooth but do not replace it with a dental implant, it can cause a shift in your teeth and eating food may become difficult. Your Warner Robins dentist can discuss your options at your next appointment.
How long will it take to recover?
Root canal recovery time normally lasts a few days. You should continue brushing and flossing your teeth as normal and follow any post-operation instructions from your Warner Robins dentist. You can always call our office if you have questions after your procedure is finished: 478-287-2179.