What to Expect From a Root Canal Procedure

A root canal procedure is routinely performed by dentists to treat tooth pulp infections. With efficient dental care, a root canal is not painful and can extend the life of a natural tooth that would otherwise have to be extracted.

If you want to retain your pearly whites for years to come, a root canal – a procedure Dr. Larson routinely performs at Coeur D’Alene Family Dentistry, might be the perfect solution for you.

How Is a Root Canal Infection Diagnosed?

There are various indications of an infected root canal system, including pain, tenderness to the touch, persistent sensitivity to heat or cold, difficulty chewing, swelling, and discoloration of the affected tooth.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Larson at Coeur D’Alene Family Dentistry straight away. It is not wise to delay the treatment as it can lead to an abscessed tooth or other complications.

What Happens During a Root Canal Procedure?

During your initial consultation, we will take digital X-rays to confirm the diagnosis of root canal infection. The exact procedure for your root canal treatment will depend on your specific conditions.

The first step is numbing the area near the affected tooth by administering local anesthesia. This will help you feel more relaxed and at ease and ensure you feel no discomfort during the procedure.

Next, a dental rubber dam will be positioned over the mouth to isolate the affected tooth. Dr. Larson will then eliminate any signs of decay and clean the inside of the tooth. Finally, the tooth is disinfected, packed with a medicated material, and sealed.

After the pulp is removed, a temporary filling will be used to cover the tooth’s surface while the site heals. Once the tooth is healed, Dr. Larson will place a customized restoration such as a crown or a filling that will be matched and blend in effortlessly with the rest of the existing teeth. The crown or filling will also help strengthen the tooth.

Root Canal Recovery

After a root canal procedure, experiencing mild discomfort during your recovery is to be expected. Patients can experience tenderness and sensitivity in the treated tooth that can be managed by taking over-the-counter pain medication.

To learn more about how a root canal can help save your natural teeth, contact Coeur D’ Alene Family Dentistry by calling (208) 664-9129 or visiting us at 2201 N Government Way G, Coeur D’Alene, ID 83814.

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