Root canal therapy is performed when the pulp which is composed of nerves and blood vessels in the tooth becomes infected or damaged. During root canal therapy, the pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. The treated tooth is then protected from future damage and returned to normal function by placing a crown. The preocedure usually takes one or two office visits.
If you have some of the following symptoms you may need a root canal:
The procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling. The discomfort experienced in the period leading up to seeking dental care is the painful part, not the procedure itself.
For the first few days after the treatment, the tooth may feel sensitive due to natural tissue inflammation, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This sensitivity or discomfort usually can be controlled
with over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve). Most patients can return to their normal activities right after the procedure. You should contact us if pain or pressure lasts more than a week.
Our goal is to ensure the most pleasant dental experience possible for our patients.