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By Advanced Dental Concepts
October 22, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Root canal therapy is one of the most effective dental treatments, but some patients have anxiety about agreeing to this procedure. Review Root Canalthese frequently asked questions about root canal treatment so that you can be more confident and relaxed about setting an appointment with your dentist. You can expect compassionate care from the team at Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA.

What Does a Root Canal Do?
Dental pain due to decay is caused by bad bacteria invading the root of the tooth. That includes the nerves and soft tissues inside of the tooth, which become inflamed and very painful. Without treatment, the decay could work its way to the bottom layer of the root and cause tooth loss. A root canal allows your dentist to remove the bad tissue so that your tooth has a chance to heal. After it is clean, it can then be refilled with a protective material and sealed with a crown.

Will a Root Canal Hurt?
If you have to go to the dentist for a root canal exam, you’re probably already in pain. This procedure will relieve you of that discomfort so that you can eat, sleep, and talk normally again. Your Andover, MA, dentist will take steps to ensure that you are sedated before the root canal treatment procedure to minimize your dental anxiety.

What Should a Patient Know After a Root Canal?
You’ll need to follow up with your dentist after your root canal procedure is complete to ensure that there is no more pain or discomfort (and also to have the permanent crown attached). Careful attention to oral hygiene is important, and you’ll likely be instructed to avoid solid foods for at least a few days after the procedure. You may also be advised to take an anti-inflammatory medication (like ibuprofen) as needed.

Call for Treatment
Root canal treatment, when performed in a timely fashion, can restore your aching tooth and your whole smile. Call (978) 475-2431 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Richard Hopgood at Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA.