Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures performed worldwide. They can help to preserve a tooth that is otherwise damaged or impacted by decay. A root canal is often the last attempt to save a tooth before complete extraction. Because of this, they can be incredibly beneficial to your dental and oral health.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal involves the removal of the inner pulp of a tooth. Most often, this is done because decay was able to reach the pulp. This causes the pulp to become infected, which can result in severe pain and overall sensitivity. You may even need a root canal because a tooth cracked or broke enough to expose the inner pulp. Rather than extract the tooth, a root canal is performed to relieve the toothache and pain while preserving the overall structure of the tooth.
Should You Brush After a Root Canal?
You should definitely brush and floss as usual after a root canal is performed. Before brushing and flossing, it is important to allow any local anesthetic to wear off. This allows you to know you’re brushing and flossing properly and without excess wear being put on the area. However, once the anesthetic wears off, it is completely safe for you to brush and floss normally with no ill effects. In fact, the best way to keep your teeth looking and feeling their best is with regular, proper oral hygiene.
What to Know About the Procedure
The procedure is typically done in just one visit and takes about an hour to complete. It involves fully removing the pulp from inside the tooth, which can help in relieving pressure and pain that you might currently be experiencing. To prevent the need for future root canals, it is important to take good care of your teeth as well as keep up with regular dental checkup appointments. Our goal is to provide you with root canals that are comfortable and effective. It is normal to experience slight pain and tenderness after the procedure itself, but you should alert us if you notice any severe pain or swelling shortly after the root canal has been done, as this could be a sign of an abscess.
If you would like to learn more about root canals and what to expect, call us today and we can help to answer all of your questions.