What to Expect from your Root Canal
Knowing what to expect from your root canal can help to put your mind at ease as you prepare yourself for this important dental procedure. Dr. Afshin Arian and the rest of the team at Las Vegas Smile Center are committed to ensuring that your root canal treatment goes as smoothly as possible so that you are home recuperating in no time at all.
Let’s take a look at just what can be expected during the procedure, and once you are home recovering from the treatment.
Preparing for the Root Canal Treatment
Dr. Arian will first administer a local anesthetic that will numb your tooth and the surrounding gum so that the root canal procedure is much more comfortable for you. You may be apprehensive about the needle injecting the local anesthetic, but a numbing gel can be applied to your gums so that the discomfort is minimized, and you’ll find that Dr. Arian moves swiftly for this step. The local anesthetic will start to take effect almost immediately.
A protective shield will be placed around the tooth in order to keep it free from saliva, and make the work area just that much easier for Dr. Arian to navigate as he performs the procedure.
The Root Canal Procedure
Once the numbness has completely set in, an opening will be made through the upper part of the tooth. The inside of the tooth will be cleaned and shaped in preparation for the filling material.
During the procedure, a cleansing solution will be used in order to flush out any bacteria or tooth debris that remains. Once the tooth has been effectively cleaned and prepared for the filling. A rubber-like material will be put in place to fill the length of the root canal. A temporary filling will then be placed on the tooth until the final stage of the procedure can be completed.
You should not feel any pain whatsoever during the procedure. If you feel that you may still struggle with anxiety during the procedure, Dr. Arian would love to discuss options to help you feel less anxiety during the root canal. Feel free to call the Las Vegas Smile Center at 702.433.6825.
It is important to note that the root canal treatment cannot be considered complete until a crown has been placed over the tooth. This will then restore the tooth to a functional state, and should reduce the risks of additional infection.
Recovering from Root Canal Therapy
After your root canal therapy, you may feel a little bit of discomfort for some days following the treatment. Dr. Arian may prescribe both an antibiotic and a prescription pain medication to help alleviate the pain.
Dr. Afshin Arian and the team at Las Vegas Smile Center will be happy to discuss your concerns and answer your questions about your root canal treatment. Call (702) 433-6825 to make an appointment and learn more about root canal treatments, and the associated benefits of this smile-restoring procedure.
The Proven Effectiveness of Root Canals
For a dental patient, there is perhaps nothing more daunting than being told that a root canal is the best choice in treatment for their specific concerns. The truth is that root canals have simply been given a bad reputation, and this typically leads to a significant amount of apprehension for the patient. With an understanding of just how effective root canals can be, and how the results have been proven time and time again, Dr. Arian hopes that you’ll feel confident about your decision to proceed with your needed root canal.
First and foremost, it is essential that patients recognize the reasons that root canals become the necessary choice. Root canals are a treatment in which Dr. Arian will effectively remove the infection that has formed within your tooth’s pulp, or the nerve chamber. You could find yourself needing the root canal as the result of serious decay or trauma sustained to the tooth.
Without the root canal procedure, you could be facing not only a worsening of your current discomfort and pain, but the bacteria inside of the tooth will eventually work its way down into your bone and potentially your bloodstream. This could result in a very painful abscess and potentially life-threatening blood infection.
The goal is not to make you fear the results of inaction when your tooth is irritated and in need of a root canal, but rather to demonstrate the effectiveness of the procedure. In addition to simply ignoring the problem, you could opt for a tooth extraction. An extraction will certainly put an end to the pain the tooth was subjecting you to, but if you don’t replace the tooth within a relatively short amount of time, the surrounding teeth will start to shift into the open space; this could result in the need for costly dental work in the future.
The root canal treatment will swiftly remove the infection and allow the tooth to be retained for many good years to come. It has been demonstrated that teeth that have undergone root canal treatments are restored to a good healthy state, without any loss in function or comfort. The root canal procedure will not kill the tooth. While the infected pulp tissue inside of the tooth is removed during the procedure, following a successful treatment, the tooth will continue to receive the nourishment and blood supply it needs from the surrounding tissue and bone.
Your root canal treated tooth will typically require protective crown in order to restore it to full functionality. The crown will also help to seal the tooth to reduce the potential for a future infection in the same tooth. It is important to note that any tooth that has undergone root canal treatment and been effectively restored to good health is no more susceptible to decay, fracture, or gum disease than a tooth that hasn’t received root canal treatment.
If you are anxious about the possibility of a root canal, the best step you can take is to discuss the tooth pain with Dr. Arian. The Las Vegas Smile Center can offer you treatments for the discomfort and if you are a candidate for a root canal, then Dr. Arian will ensure that you are well-informed and comfortable throughout the entire procedure.
Call the Las Vegas Smile Center at (720) 433-6825 to discuss your dental health and your anxiety. Working closely with an experienced and understanding dentist can help to assuage your fears and ensure you get the smile-restoring treatment that you need.