We have identified some common root canal treatment questions you may have. Click on the one of the questions below to have your question addressed.
Some special conditions, such as a large fracture or lack of bone supporting the tooth, may persuade the endodontist not to initiate treatment. However, most teeth can by saved by root canal therapy.
Once the pulp of a tooth is irreversibly inflamed or infected, the only alternative to endodontic treatment is extraction of the tooth. The extracted tooth must be replaced with either an implant or bridge to prevent shifting of adjacent teeth and to restore proper chewing function. A surgically placed implant or bridgework on the adjacent teeth can be far more costly and time consuming than root canal treatment followed by restoration of the tooth. We believe that saving and restoring the natural tooth is the best option.
No, we do not require a referral, but if your Dentist gave you one please bring it with you. Please call us at 520.322.0800 to set up an appointment today.
Your comfort is our primary concern. We anesthetize the tooth in the same way your general dentist would when placing a filling. Most patients tell us that the root canal was easier than some fillings they have had in the past.
It is possible that you will need antibiotics. The root canal treatment removes the source of the infection. Your body’s natural imune system will usually take care of any residual bacteria. Antibiotics are prescribed for circumstances when the body needs help in this process. The doctor will make this decision after evaluating and treating the tooth.
The amount of time a procedure takes depends on the details of the procedure you’re having and the type of tooth involved. We estimate your time in the office to last approximately 1 to 2 hours.
Nitrous Oxide and IV sedation are available in our office. If you would like to choose either of these options, please let us know before hand as they require additional time. Also be sure to learn about Dentistry While you Sleep.
Once a tooth has had a root canal it becomes very dry and brittle, making it more susceptible to fracture. Covering the tooth with a crown (cap) helps protect it. If your tooth already has a crown, you may only need a permanent filling. Your general dentist will determine what type of permanent restoration will be best for you.
We have placed a temporary filling that should stay intact for three to four weeks. We recommend that you return to your general dentist within this period of time.
No.The root stays intact. It is actually the nerves and blood vessels inside the root that are removed during a root canal.
Yes, you will be fine to drive (unless you have had some type of sedation).
In most cases you can eat whatever you feel comfortable eating. Because the tooth will be tender for several days, you may feel better chewing on the side opposite of the treated area.
You should feel fine after the root canal and should be able to return to your normal activities. You can expect the area to be numb for an hour or two after treatment. Once the numbness wears off, you may experience some tenderness around the tooth.