Patients with root canal infections often complain of dental pain. This isn’t a very specific symptom, as many dental conditions can lead to dental pain. At Universal Dental, we recommend that you see a dentist when you start experiencing dental discomfort. It might be something serious or minor. Either way, we can treat it quickly before it gets worse.
Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks is another common symptom of root canal infections. It may persist for a few days or weeks before disappearing. Patients assume that there was nothing serious and that the sensitivity was due to a minor problem that was resolved on its own. The truth, however, is that it’s most likely that the nerve supplying the tooth is damaged and can’t transmit pain signals anymore.
Our main goal in root canals is to eliminate the infection. The pulp is found under the gums, so we need to incise them to get to it. Patients will be injected with local anesthesia before the actual work begins. This will numb your mouth and ensure you don’t feel discomfort. Slight pressure might be felt, but no pain or irritation.
After accessing the pulp, we’ll clean it by removing all infected tissues and irrigating it. When we’re done, we’ll seal the incision made in the gums. A crown will need to be placed over the tooth at a subsequent visit.
A root canal is typically done in 2 or more stages to ensure the procedure has healed completely and the final sealing process can occur. The dentist usually waits for the procedure to heal to ensure no lingering damage or effects before sealing the tooth again. Visit our dentist in Universal City to learn more.
Do brush and floss gently after your root canal. Don’t eat hard or crunchy foods after your root canal until it has healed. Don’t eat immediately after the root canal until the anesthesia wears off. Do go to all of your follow-up visits even if completely healed.
Under normal circumstances, a root canal takes about a week to heal.
When you visit a dentist near me for a root canal, the procedure typically begins with anesthesia. Once this is applied, the dentist will begin by drilling an access hole before draining the pulp, cleaning the inner tooth, and resealing the tooth to prevent further damage.