What are common signs and symptoms of a tooth that may require root canal therapy?
Although many cases may present with no symptoms, some indications for treatment can include prolonged temperature sensitivity, spontaneous pain, tooth discoloration, tenderness of the tooth or surrounding gum tissue and swelling.
How can endodontic treatment help me?
The purpose of endodontic treatment is to remove bacteria that cause inflammation or infection, and help you retain your own natural tooth. With modern techniques, most of our root canal therapy can be completed in one visit. After completion of treatment, a long-term restoration that seals against recontamination may be recommended with your general dentist.
Will I feel pain during or after treatment?
Thanks to today's anesthetics, most procedures cause no pain. We will implement all necessary steps in order to manage post-procedural discomfort. This can include the use of anti-inflammatory medications and antibiotics.
After my treatment, will I need to return for follow-up appointments?
In order to ensure that you are receiving the best treatment available, we always recommend follow-up appointments to ensure that the treatment rendered was successful. Typical follow-up times are at 6 months and 1 year but may vary depending on the type of treatment.
Will I be able to drive or return to work after my procedure?
Most of the time, the same local anesthetic is used just as if you were to receive general dental work such as fillings. The anesthetic generally lasts for 1 to 3 hours but should not affect overall cognitive abilities. Surgeries involve an extended healing time and may require rest for the remainder of the day. Each case is different and post-operative care will be thoroughly explained on the day of treatment.