Root Canal Treatment FAQ
How long does the root canal treatment take?
Most single root canals take less than an hour, but you may expect the procedure to take approximately two hours if multiple canals are involved. The timing will depend on the extent of the damage and the reason that caused a root canal treatment in the first place.
What is the expected recovery process after a root canal treatment?
You may experience a minimal level of discomfort and swelling after your root canal appointment. This typically subsides within 24 hours, and your doctor may send you home with a prescription for medication that helps to reduce pain. In some cases, you will also get a prescription for antibiotics to avoid an infection. At the time of the appointment, we will also schedule a follow-up visit to make sure that everything is all right and your tooth is recovering as it should.
Are there any alternatives to root canal treatment?
The only alternative is to have the whole tooth extracted, but it is always a better course of action to try and save it. Root canal treatment is a routine procedure with a very high success rate, and saving the tooth can prevent lots of other dental issues from occurring later on. Missing teeth can lead to bite problems from teeth that are shifting position to loss of jawbone volume and intensity and difficulty eating.
How can I avoid the need for root canal treatment?
One of the best ways to avoid the need for road canal treatment is to keep your teeth decay-free by practicing good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss every day to keep them in tip-top condition. You should also try to eat a healthy diet that is low in sugar and avoid acidic beverages, particularly sweet ones. Remember to have regular professional cleanings and checkouts at least twice a year. If you practice any contact sports, you should consider wearing a custom-made mouthguard to prevent your teeth from getting injured.
If you're experiencing any kind of pain, give us a call today to discuss your concerns. If a root canal is necessary, we'll take care to provide you with the best experience during your visit to our office.