WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A ROOT CANAL
When tooth decay has damaged a tooth, a dentist will likely perform a root canal in Naples to save the tooth and prevent the infection to spread to other teeth. A root canal is when the pulp of the tooth is removed and filled with a cavity. Root canals are also used to treat an abscessed tooth, which can happen when gum disease or a bacterial infection causes the bone around the tooth to deteriorate. Before any dental procedure, you and your dentist will discuss all the details and go over any specific questions you may have. For general information about what to expect from a root canal, read on.
How does the procedure work?
A root canal is a routine procedure that is often performed without general anesthesia. First, a dentist will use a topical numbing gel to numb the gums. Then a local anesthetic will be injected into your gums so that you will not feel anything in your mouth. For some, nitrous oxide may be used to calm the nerves. A drill is used to remove the pulp from the tooth. A filling will be placed to fill the cavity. If you decide to get a dental crown to cover the tooth, which is common after a root canal, a temporary crown will be placed to end the procedure.
What is expected after a root canal?
Immediately after the procedure, your mouth will remain numb as the anesthetic wears off, and you may experience a tingly sensation. Once it starts to wear off, pain following a root canal is common and to be expected. Over the counter painkillers will help with pain management. It is also common that the gums will be tender and sore in the days following the procedure.
What are the risks?
Since a root canal is a result of an infection, there is a risk that infection can spread. To better fight off infection that spreads, people with weakened immune systems may be required to take antibiotics before and after the procedure.