For many people, the idea of undergoing a root canal can cause worry and stress. However, you should not be alarmed by this common procedure. Our dentist provides treatment that is safe, effective and comfortable. Her patient-focused approach involves helping people understand all aspects of their treatment, including procedures such as root canals. Knowing what to expect before undergoing a root canal can help ease your concerns and give you peace of mind.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
A root canal may be necessary when an infection causes the pulp inside a tooth to become inflamed. This procedure involves removing the damaged pulp to restore the health and stability of the tooth structure. The goal is to preserve your natural smile and avoid having to remove the tooth entirely.
What to Expect On the Day of Your Root Canal
Before the procedure, Dr. Cheung will use a local anesthetic to help make you more comfortable. A thin latex rubber sheet is used to cover the surrounding teeth so that the tooth being worked on remains dry and uncontaminated.
To begin the root canal, Dr. Cheung will carefully create a small hole in the tooth and then gently remove the damaged pulp tissue inside. The tooth is then cleaned and disinfected and the hole is filled with a high-quality material and sealed. As a final step, Dr. Cheung will often use a dental crown to ensure the tooth is protected and held together properly.
What to Expect After a Root Canal
It is not uncommon for people to experience increased sensitivity in their tooth and the surrounding area for a few days after a root canal. Dr. Cheung will talk to you about ways to minimize any discomfort you may feel.
Schedule An Appointment
We are committed to educating each patient about their treatment options and providing an environment where they can feel relaxed and confident in the care they receive. To schedule an appointment at Sudbury Dental Arts in Sudbury, MA, call (978) 218-2580 or schedule an appointment online.