Preparing for your Root Canal
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If your dentist believes you need to see an Endodontist for root canal therapy, apicoectomy, traumatic injury or internal tooth bleaching please contact us today and schedule an appointment.
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PREPARING FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
Make sure to take all regular medications as prescribed by your doctor including antiobiotics or medication to help you relax. If possible try to avoid taking pain relievers six hours prior to your appointment.
DURING ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
Upon entering the treatment room, you’ll be seated in a comfortable, reclining chair. Before we do anything, Dr. Levy will talk with you to see how you’re feeling and answer any questions you may have.
Next, Dr. Levy and his staff will perform a comprehensive examination of the infected tooth and most likely take a few painless digital X-rays. Once Dr. Levy reviews the results, he will discuss them with you and go over your options. If it’s determined a root canal is necessary, we’ll first numb the area with a local anesthetic in order to minimize discomfort before we proceed.
At Media Endodontics, we use the strongest local anesthetic available to virtually eliminate procedure-related pain.
Dr. Levy uses a state-of-the-art dental operating microscope and advanced endodontic tools to help ensure a comfortable and successful procedure. Treatment times vary by patient, but usually average one hour or less. In most cases, one root canal is all that is needed for any given tooth. However, on rare occasions, retreatment or an apicoectomy may be necessary to save the tooth.
ROOT CANAL RECOVERY TIME
You should be able to resume normal activities immediately after the procedure. Your tooth may be sore for a few days afterward. This is completely normal and we will give you Ibuprofen and Tylenol to help manage this minor discomfort. If indicated, Dr.Levy will use prescription-strength pain medication.
A small minority of patients experience swelling in the treated area. If this happens, please call our offices immediately.
We recommend a diet of soft foods for the first few days after your root canal. The soreness should go away in a week or so. While the tooth may feel different from your other teeth for a couple of weeks, it should feel completely normal after roughly one month.
Approximately six months after your treatment, you will be contacted to schedule a follow-up visit at our offices. During this visit, we’ll examine the tooth to make sure it’s healing properly. Continuing follow-up visits may be scheduled every six months for up to two years until the tooth is completely healed.