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Here at BeaverBrooke Dental in Sandy, we know that for many people going to the dentist is an anxiety-inducing process, especially if you’re going for major dental work, like a root canal. That’s why we want to provide you with as much information upfront about the process and answer any questions you may have. Hopefully having a clear idea of what’s going to happen and why helps relieve your anxiety! Continue reading to learn more, and if you have additional questions, feel free to contact our family dentist!

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental treatment that is used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed and has an irritated, inflamed, or infected tooth nerve. You may also need a root canal because of a crack or chip in the tooth, which can be caused by trauma to the face.

During a root canal, the nerve and pulp of the tooth are removed and the inside is cleaned and sealed, preventing future decay. Your tooth will be healthy and functional even without the tooth nerve, as the nerve only functions to help you discern whether what you’re eating is hot or cold. 

While root canals have a bad reputation of being incredibly painful, the procedure is actually no more painful than getting a filling. 

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Root canals are necessary when the soft tissue inside your tooth is infected or inflamed. Here are a few signs that you may need a root canal:

  • Intense, severe pain when chewing or biting
  • Pimples on your gums
  • A chipped or cracked tooth
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Darkening gums

The signs of a root canal are relatively easy to see, and if you are experiencing any of these symptoms or any other type of mouth or tooth pain, it’s important to make an appointment with a family dentist as soon as possible. 

What happens after a root canal?

Many patients experience sensitivity, swelling, or inflammation for the first few days after a root canal. After your root canal, you should try to eat soft foods that don’t require a lot of chewing. You should also avoid hot or cold food that might hurt your teeth. After your root canal, it’s recommended that you wait a few hours to eat until the numbness wears off so that you don’t accidentally bite your cheek or tongue. 

After your root canal, you will have a follow-up appointment with your family dentist to make sure that everything is going well. Our team will help you through the entire process, from the initial appointment, through the root canal, and in maintaining your oral health for years to come.

BeaverBrooke Dental – Your Sandy Family Dentist

We are proud to be your trusted family dentist, and we help patients young and old improve their oral health. Whether you’re coming in for a regular cleaning or are in need of major dental work like a root canal, we’re here for you. Your comfort and health are always our top priority. Contact us today to get started.