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Common questions about Root Canal Therapy....

A: We will take every measure to ensure that your procedure is in no way uncomfortable or painful. If treatment is needed, we will place a topical anesthetic followed by a small injection of anesthetic to gently numb a concentrated area of your mouth. For most patients, the feeling of numbness usually subsides after 2-3 hours.

A: Root Canal Therapy (Endodontics) involves the removal of all infection from the root canal. During the treatment the infected pulp is removed. Any abscesses which may be present can also be drained at this time. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for filling. A temporary filling is inserted and you will follow up with your General Dentist.
A: The nerve may become damaged by bacteria associated with past or present decay, or by a traumatic blow. Root canal therapy allows you to keep the natural tooth in a healthy state rather than substituting it with an artificial tooth.

A: The alternative to Root Canal Therapy is the removal of the tooth. Once the pulp is destroyed, it cannot heal and it is not recommended to leave the infected tooth in the mouth. While some people choose to extract the tooth, it is usually advisable to keep as many natural teeth as possible.

A: We will take x-rays during your consultation. Dr.Ghazal utilizes the latest Digital X-Ray technology. Digital X-Rays are produced by computers. This allows the Doctor a fast and reliable way to determine the course of treatment you may require with least amount of radiation.

Q: What do I do after my Root Canal treatment?
A: Try not to eat until the numbness wears off to prevent biting your cheek or tongue. When you eat try to avoid the treated tooth, because it can be sensitive to chewing. Brush and floss as usual.

Q: Do I need a crown on the treated tooth?
A: Typically a temporary filling is placed in your tooth. It is not unusual for a thin layer to wear off in-between appointments. A proper final restoration (crown) of the tooth is extremely important in ensuring long-term success.

Q: What if the tooth continues to be uncomfortable after several weeks?
A: There is no longer a nerve in the tooth to feel hot or cold sensitivity. However the ligament attached to the tooth is still very much alive. This is the source where most of the discomfort is coming from. Sometimes your tooth might continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth, this feeling will subside with time. If at any point the pain is increasing or you notice any swelling, please contact our office.