Root canals can scare many patients. Hesitant patients, especially, are often most anxious about these procedures. They have a bad reputation for being painful and unpleasant. However, you shouldn’t let the prospect of one contribute to your fear of the dentist. Here are some ways to help prepare yourself for the next root canal you need, even if it’s the first time!
What Happens During the Procedure
Once you have scheduled your appointment, you can come to our office and check-in. For many treatments, we can often see you on the same day you first make the call. Our office staff does an excellent job of ensuring you receive the care you need when you get in touch with us about it! The purpose of a root canal is to remove any infected pulp with a drill. A sealant is then added to prevent any further infections. Fillings and crowns also help protect the vulnerable parts of your teeth while they are still healing.
You Will Be Comfortable
Anesthesia is your friend, but be sure to let us know if you are allergic or otherwise sensitive to it. The procedure could take several hours in one sitting, and sometimes you may need a follow-up appointment as well. Fortunately, the anesthetic will keep your mouth numb to minimize the discomfort you will probably experience; this comes in the form of a jelly and a localized injection. Then, x-rays are also taken to help direct your dentist to wherever the damaged tooth is hiding. A rubber dam also helps to protect your mouth, teeth, tongue, and gums.
A crown will help protect the repaired tooth, so be careful when you start eating and drinking again. Chewing can be rough on a fragile tooth still in recovery. Your gums and lips will also be sore once the anesthetic has finished wearing off, although this pain will subside after a few days. Prop your head up while you sleep it off, and you will feel much better!
KEEP YOUR MOUTH HAPPY WITH ANNAPOLIS DENTAL CARE!
Whether it’s a regular check-up you need or a tooth extracted, Annapolis Dental Care has the expertise and compassion to work with you on improving your oral health. Your comfort and health are our top priorities, and so we go above and beyond to make our patients happy and give them the highest quality care. To set up an appointment today, please give us a call at 410-571-5014 or visit us online. For more oral health tips for you and your family, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube! We are always looking for new patients, so if you live in Arnold, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, MD, come on down!