Modern root canals are more like getting a routine filling due to advances in dental technology. The procedure has become relatively painless and effective. After your procedure, you will experience a small window of recovery time, but the benefits of the procedure are more efficient chewing, a natural appearance, being able to apply normal bite force, and reduction of pain.
Root canals are procedures to treat damaged or diseased tissue from inside the tooth. When the infected pulp is removed, the inside of the tooth is cleaned, disinfected, filled, and then sealed.
Patients are given anesthesia, so the procedure is no more painful than getting a filling or getting wisdom teeth removed. However, a root canal is generally sore, or numb after the procedure. Some patients can experience mild discomfort for a few days after the procedure.
Root canals can be necessary if a tooth is cracked, issues from a previous filling. Root canals are generally needed when a patient notices sensitivity in their teeth to cold and hot temperatures. If you have any of the following symptoms, ask your dentist if a root canal is right for you.
Yes, most patients can return to school or work after a root canal, despite there being numbness in the area for about two to four hours after the procedure. It is recommended to avoid eating until the numbness subsides.