Learm More About Root Canals
Have you been told that you’re in need of root canal therapy? The good news is that the procedure is much less scary that it’s portrayed in movies, but you may still have some unanswered questions. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about root canal therapy in Conyers. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, give us a call. Our friendly team is eager to walk you through the process so you can feel more prepared.
Are Root Canals Painful?
Going back into history, root canals likely weren’t very comfortable. Fortunately, thanks to modern dental technology and techniques, the procedure feels similar to getting a cavity filled. Root canal therapy is actually designed to relieve pain by eliminating infection within the tooth. Dr. Amin will begin the procedure by numbing the area around the tooth using a local anesthetic. While you shouldn’t feel any discomfort during the procedure itself, you may experience some soreness for a few days afterwards. This will fade away after a couple of days and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and cold compresses. If discomfort worsens instead of improving after a few days, give us a call so we can help!
Can Root Canals Be Prevented?
The best way to prevent the need for another root canal is to take good care of your oral health. Be sure to brush twice, floss, and use mouthwash on a daily basis, and see your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups. You should also maintain a healthy diet by limiting sugar, eating plenty of nutritious foods, and staying hydrated. When playing sports, wear a mouthguard to avoid injuring your smile.
Do I Need Antibiotics Before or After My Root Canal?
Most patients don’t need to take antibiotics before or after getting a root canal. You will likely only be prescribed antibiotics if you have a health condition that increases your risk of developing an infection after a major dental procedure. Dr. Amin will go over your medical history with you beforehand to determine whether prescribing antibiotics for you is a good idea.
What Should I Do Before a Root Canal?
In addition to eating a healthy meal and avoiding alcohol, it is a good idea to refrain from tobacco since it can interfere with numbing medication. Get a good night’s sleep before your root canal. This can help to reduce your nerves and help your immune system to stay in optimal shape for a quick recovery!