Getting A Root Canal

Posted on: 26 July 2017

There are many different services that a dentist can provide for you; whitening, deep cleaning, but perhaps the most important is taking care of an abscess tooth with a root canal. An abscess tooth can come from an old dental work, a cavity that has not been treated, or trauma to the tooth. An abscess can be extremely painful and it is best if you catch it early. There are a few things that you need to remember when it comes to getting your abscess fixed with a root canal. This article will cover just a few things that you need to know concerning the root canal.

Act Quickly 

One of the most important things that you can do is to act quickly when you feel any pain in your tooth. When it comes to your teeth and your oral health, any pain means a immediate trip to the dentist. If a abscess tooth is not taken care of very quickly it can spread and cause a lot of long term damage. In fact, if an abscess tooth is not taken care of very promptly the infection can spread to the jawbone and infect the jawbone. If this occurs then you may end up needing more than just a root canal, but you will need surgery on your jawbone. 

The Root Canal

The infection that is in your tooth and nerve is going to need to be drained. When you visit the dentist you can expect the dentist to numb that tooth and start to drill. The wonder of modern anesthesia allows the procedure to be almost painful. In fact the pain that you are feeling before the procedure is so bad that the procedure can be a relief of the pain. You can expect to hear and feel some drilling, but the infection is going to be getting tapped into and drained.


One of the most important parts of the entire process is going to be the recovery. Perhaps one of the most overlooked aspects of the recovery is the antibiotic that your dentist is going to give you. Remember that the pain was coming from an infection in your tooth and gum that put pressure on the nerve. The antibiotic that your doctor is giving you is for any remaining infection that the draining did not get at. If you stop taking that antibiotic you could be in the same dentist chair going through another root canal. Be sure to listen to your dentist on how you want to recover from your procedure. 


Implants, Veneers and Bridges, Oh My!

If you are anything like me, you have no idea what many of the dental procedures that can correct an imperfect smile are. I had no idea what the implants, veneers and bridges that my dentist was talking about were. He had told me that I could renew my smile with a combination of these treatments and I did not effectively understand his explanations. I have gathered many facts about these dental procedures now to help others in the same situation make the decision to go through with receiving the dental treatment they need for a strong, healthy, beautiful smile.

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