Basics of Root Canal Therapy

Basics of Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is a procedure for the treatment of a tooth's infected pulp that aims to eliminate the infection and prevent future microbial invasion. The root canal procedure usually takes only one to two visits to the clinic.  

Although it is a straightforward procedure, there are some myths related to them that need to be debunked. Along with these, there are some guidelines to protect your natural teeth. Here are some frequently asked questions pertaining to RC therapy whose answers you should know if you are planning to get the treatment. 

How painful is a root canal? 

Many people do not go for root canals because they have already heard that getting a root canal is a painful process. Undoubtedly, the method used to be very difficult in ancient times, but now, with advancements in everything and medicine, it has become very convenient and easy. The anesthesia used for numbing the gums and teeth doesn't cause any pain during the whole surgery. The process is as smooth as getting a tooth filling. But when the effect of anesthesia diminishes, it produces a little tingling sensation in the gums, which is followed by pain. The pain is mild most of the time and can be relieved by mild painkillers, but you need to take medication prescribed by your dentist if it gets severe. You can avoid it by taking care and not putting too much pressure on the teeth. The pain doesn't last more than 3 to 5 days. 

What can you eat after a root canal? 

Try to eat light yet healthy things. Some people get weak after getting root canal treatment because they didn't get the proper diet. You cannot eat solid foods for almost a week, so it is necessary to take the double what you are eating normally. Light and soft foods like mashed potatoes, yogurt, mashed banana, cheese, hummus, pudding, smoothies, juices, etc., are the preferred choices for root canal patients. After eating these foods for a week, do not jump to solid foods instantly. Try to incorporate them slowly and gradually so that they don't cause any pain or complications. 

Precautions after getting root canal treatment: 


Read all the information from the internet properly to overcome your dental anxiety. It can also help in educating yourself about the treatment. Try to follow all the precautions and avoid any non-serious attitude to get the best results. Contact your dentist and schedule a visit now. 

Contact your Fairfield dentist, Dr. Cheng Zhu, at Freedom Family Sedation Dentistry today for more information about root canals.


Advantages and Disadvantages of Root Canal Therapy

*This media/content or any other on this website does not prescribe, recommend, or prevent any treatment or procedure. Therefore, we highly recommend that you get the advice of a qualified dentist or other medical practitioners regarding your specific dental condition*   

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