A tooth has an outer shell (enamel), an inner shell (dentin), and the center contains the nerve. If the nerve becomes infected or the tooth feels painful, there is a high likelihood that a root canal is needed. This is one of the general dentistry services we offer at Orchard Family Dentistry.
A root canal prolongs the life of the tooth by removing its nerve in order to resolve the pain or infection. Root canals have a bad reputation due its past history. As modern day technology has evolved, root canals should not be as intimidating as they sound. Nowadays, most patients have a very comfortable and pain-free experience.
If you have one or more of the following symptoms, visit Orchard Family Dentistry in Centennial to have your tooth evaluated:
The benefits of a root canal include removing any infections, keeping your tooth, and maintaining the healthy bone around your tooth. It is important to note that root canals can cause teeth to weaken over time. However, 90% of root canal treated teeth are still present in 5 years after the procedure was performed.
Once your root canal is completed, it is normal to feel some discomfort after the procedure. This discomfort should resolve in 1-2 weeks. Patients can take 600 mg of Ibuprofen (i.e., Advil, Motrin, etc) every 6 hours for the next 2 days. If you cannot take Ibuprofen, 1000 mg Acetaminophen (i.e., Tylenol, etc) can be taken every 6-8 hours for the next 2 days. Please note that patients who have had a heart attack or atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) and take medication for blood clotting (i.e., aspirin) should avoid NSAIDs like Tylenol. Also, patients who have kidney disease or asthma should also be cautious when using NSAIDs.
Soon after your root canal is done, you will need to schedule with the dentist to have the tooth restored with a filling or crown. Please visit our “Crowns and Bridges” section (under Restorative) to learn more.