Root Canal Questions & Answers

How does endodontic treatment save the tooth?

The endodontist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the tooth, then fills and seals the space. Afterwards, you will return to your dentist, who will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.


Will it hurt?
With the use of modern anesthetics, root canal treatment involves little or no discomfort. Intravenous anesthesia can be provided by Dr. John Schwab M.D., Board Certified Anesthesiologist, for those who are apprehensive, gaggers, claustrophobics or have sensitive natures.


Will there be pain afterward?
Cleaning the root canals causes inflammation. Minor soreness may exist in the area for 2-3 days, especially to chewing pressures. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Follow your endodontists's instructions carefully.


What are the benefits of endodontic treatment?
Endodontic treatment saves teeth that would otherwise be extracted. There is no substitute for your own tooth.


Will the tooth need any special care?
You should not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored by your dentist. The unrestored tooth is susceptible to fracture, so you should see your dentist for a full restoration as soon as possible. Otherwise, you need only practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and regular checkups and cleanings. Most endodontically treated teeth last as long as other natural teeth.