The 411 on Root Canals

Root canals are a dental procedure that sound scarier than they actually are. If you think a root canal will cause you to have to take days off of work and will leave you running out of Dr. Scott Tamura’s dental chair, then you likely don’t know what a root canal is. However, by understanding what a root canal is, how it’s performed, and what recovery is like, you can rest assured that everything will be A-okay.

When do you need a root canal?
Root canals are used to treat a patient whose tooth’s nerve tissue or pulp has become damaged due to bacteria or another type of oral infection. Caused when a tooth becomes abscessed and spreads from the tooth itself all the way to the end of the root, if left untreated, an abscessed tooth can cause the following problems:

• Swelling
• Pain and discomfort
• Bone loss around the root of the tooth

What happens during a root canal?

root canalA root canal is a fairly basic dental procedure in which Dr. Scott Tamura will remove the nerve and pulp inside of the tooth and seal it off so that the infection will not spread further. Because the tooth’s nerve is not an essential component of the tooth, it can easily be removed while still maintaining the functionality of the tooth overall. Before the procedure, you will be administered a topical anesthetic that will numb your entire mouth so that you won’t feel a thing— however, you will be awake during the entire process.

What is recovery like?
Recovery from a root canal is fairly basic and isn’t anything to be worried about. If you are in pain directly after your root canal procedure, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever like Tylenol or Ibuprofen in order to make you feel more comfortable. Additionally, it’s important to keep up on your at-home dental routine such as flossing and brushing in order to prevent yourself from getting any other sort of cavity elsewhere.

If you need a root canal, it’s really nothing to worry about. By understanding the basics listed above, you can feel even more confident in Dr. Scott Tamura. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!

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