If your dentist has recently recommended that you undergo a root canal to save your tooth from needing to be extracted, your first feeling may be a sense of dread. While the procedure is often stereotyped as being painful and uncomfortable, advancements in dentistry have made it no worse than a traditional dental filling. With your endodontist in Boston, Dr. Howard Brooks or Dr. Barry Brooks, your treatment will be safe and effective. To make the day a little less stressful, there are several things you can do to help prepare for your appointment.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is an endodontic procedure that is used to restore the health of a tooth that has suffered significant impairment, such as from decay or infection. The simple treatment that will be performed right in our office.
An anesthesia is administered to minimize discomfort. Special dental tools are used to remove the damaged areas and the inner most layer, known as the pulp. It is then sterilized and filled with a special material called gutta-percha to seal it from bacteria. A dental crown will likely be placed on the tooth to restore its function and appearance.
How Can I Prepare for the Appointment?
Prior to your root canal, we encourage you to check that your insurance information is correct for proper reimbursement and to prevent unexpected costs. In addition, follow the endodontist’s recommendations for the day of your appointment, such as taking certain prescribed medications or not eating for 12 hours before the procedure if IV sedation will be used.
To save time the day of your appointment, fill out patient registration and consent forms beforehand. If you have a referral for care or x-rays from another dentist, please bring them with you. If sedation will be used, you will need to make arrangements for someone to drive you to and from our office.
What Can I Expect After the Procedure?
After the procedure, it is not uncommon to experience a bit of tenderness, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers or a medication that is prescribed by the dentist. It is best to avoid placing pressure on the tooth for a couple of days. In just a few days’ time, any discomfort will subside and you can eat normally. It may take a while to get used to eating with a crown, but in no time at all, you will never notice the difference.
Where Can I Get a Root Canal?
If you need a root canal in Boston, you deserve to benefit from the best. At Brooks Dental, we use modern technology and extensive experience in endodontics to safely and effectively treat your tooth. We are committed to providing excellent dental care to ensure your visit is as smooth and comfortable as possible. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Brooks Dental.