If you recently came into our office and found out that you have to get a root canal, you may be wondering what on earth that means for you and your mouth. To help you understand a little bit more about this procedure, we have created a list answering some frequently asked questions.
FAQ: Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
You may not realize it, but your tooth is made up of three main layers; the enamel, the dentin, and the pulp. Sometimes, when a patient has a cavity (a hole in their tooth) bacteria can enter into the pulp where all of the nerves are which causes an infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp, nerves, bacteria, and decay are removed with a procedure called a root canal.
FAQ: How Is a Root Canal Done?
During a root canal, we will start out by numbing your tooth and surrounding gums. Once the tooth is numb, we will place a sheet of rubber around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. Then, we will make an opening on the top of the tooth so that we can remove the pulp, nerve tissue, decay, and bacteria. Once the tooth has been thoroughly cleaned, will will then seal it with a permanent or temporary filling. Then, at your next appointment which is usually a week later, the roots and the inside of the tooth will be filled and sealed using special dental materials.
FAQ: What Is Recovery Like?
For the most part, recovery after a root canal is fairly basic. On average, patients may have a little bit of tenderness and swelling but that should subside after just a couple of days. To help ease inflammation and pain, you can take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen.
Even though a root canal may not be familiar to you, it is something that we perform on a regular basis. To learn more about root canals and what you can expect from yours, contact us at our Albuquerque office and call us at (505) 881-1159.