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What to Really Expect From a Root Canal

December 22, 2023 9:00 am
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Preparing for a root canal doesn’t have to be a source of anxiety. While root canals have a historical reputation for pain, modern advancements in dental medicine and technology have made them much more comfortable. At Rockingham Prosthodontics, we’re equipped to provide pain-free root canal treatments, ensuring your comfort throughout the process.

What is a Root Canal?

Each year, millions of root canals are performed by dentists. Inside your tooth, underneath the outer enamel layer and inner dentin layer, there is a softer tissue called the pulp. This pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. During a root canal, your dentist will carefully clean out the infection from the pulp and fill and seal the area. It is a serious procedure, but one a board-certified prosthodontist like Dr. Rigby can easily handle.

Sounds During the Procedure

During a root canal, you might hear the sound of drilling, which is normal. These sounds, while noticeable, are a routine part of the procedure and nothing to be concerned about. Your dentist will keep you informed throughout the treatment and can introduce you to the tools being used if that helps ease your mind.

Pain Management

Any discomfort during the procedure is typically minimal and comparable to a typical filling. Your dentist will use a local anesthetic to thoroughly numb the tooth and surrounding area, ensuring a pain-free experience. Also, our office offers sedation options for a relaxed and positive experience.

Post treatment, you may experience mild sensitivity, tenderness, and swelling for a few days. Your dentist may prescribe pain medications or antibiotics following your treatment. For the best recovery, it’s important to follow any medication and dietary instructions your dentist gives before and after your procedure. If you will need a permanent crown placed, you’ll want to take care eating on that side until the tooth is restored.

Gentle Root Canal Therapy in Harrisonburg, Virginia!

Don’t let your fears hold you back from the oral care you deserve. Our compassionate staff is here to help you on your journey to a beautiful, pain-free smile. If you’re struggling with persistent tooth pain, Call Rockingham Prosthodontics today to schedule your consultation!

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