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Root Canals -- Not as Scary as You Think!

On the list of things you want to do this month, we can think of one thing that is guaranteed NOT to be on it -- and that’s getting a root canal. We admit that no sane person would ever willingly sign up for this restorative procedure, and many may break into a light sweat at the thought. But the truth is, there is nothing to fear from a modern root canal! Especially when you trust the team at RiNo Dental. Don’t believe us? Keep reading to find out why a root canal may be just the thing to rescue your smile.

Busting the Root Canal Myth

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We may recommend a root canal when you have significant tooth decay or an injury that has affected the interior of the tooth, or the part we call the “pulp.” That’s where all the sensitive nerves live, so a tooth that needs a root canal is likely to ache -- and we believe that’s where root canals got their bad reputation. In reality, a root canal is the best way to get out of pain without having to pull the tooth itself.

What Happens During a Root Canal?

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Most root canals are completed over the course of two visits to the dentist. Local anesthesia and additional sedation will help you sit back and relax for the duration of the procedure. We will only begin once we are sure you are completely comfortable -- we promise!

To begin, the interior of the tooth will be accessed through a small hole. All the infected tissue will be sucked out with a special vacuum. Then, the root canals are measured and reshaped and a biocompatible material fills the interior of the tooth. A permanent or temporary filling or crown will be placed in this appointment or in a follow-up visit, depending on your unique treatment plan.

Recovering from a Root Canal

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It’s a good idea to schedule some R&R for the first day or two after your root canal procedure. This is an oral surgery, after all -- and getting plenty of rest will help get you back on your feet quickly. You will experience some pain, swelling, and maybe minor bleeding right at first. Plan to eat a soft foods diet (think pureed soups, scrambled eggs, yogurt, etc.) until you are comfortable biting into your favorite foods. You can brush and floss your teeth on the same night, but be extra gentle around the treatment area.

If you follow our post-op instructions carefully, you should be back to normal in a few days. If your symptoms worsen or do not improve, make sure to get in touch with our office quickly.

Let Us Handle Your Root Canal!

If you have a severely decayed or aching tooth, don’t wait to seek treatment. Our team provides superior restorative dentistry services from the comfort of our fun, state-of-the-art dental practice. Go ahead and schedule an appointment today!

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