Root canal treatment (also called endodontic treatment) is a process whereby the inflamed or infected pulp inside the tooth is removed. The inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned/disinfected and sealed. Afterward, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection and will continue to function like any other tooth.
Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile and allows you to continue to eat the foods you love.
Your comfort is our top priority. We take every measure possible to ensure you are comfortable both during and after treatment. We schedule adequate time for each treatment so we can take a careful approach to gently anesthetizing (numbing) the area. The anesthesia (numbness) normally lasts about 2-3 hours after treatment. It is normal to have mild/moderate soreness for 3-5 days after the procedure. We usually recommend taking Advil and Tylenol after the procedure if you are able to safely take these medications.
It is necessary to have endodontic or root canal treatment when the inside of your tooth (the pulp) becomes inflamed or infected as a result of deep decay, repeated dental procedures, or a crack or chip in the tooth. Trauma to your tooth may also cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks.
If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or swelling in the future. Bone deterioration can also continue to progress around infected teeth, which can affect surrounding structures (sinuses, other teeth, nerves).
Continue all medications as recommended by your physician, including blood pressure medications, blood thinners (anticoagulants), and medications for diabetes. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.
Patient situations and medical histories are unique, and we encourage you to speak with Dr. Crepps about the best medications for you. However, we usually recommend taking 600mg of Advil (ibuprofen) and 500-650mg Tylenol (acetaminophen) together every six hours. If you are pregnant/nursing or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, or a history of gastrointestinal issues, please call our office before taking these medications.