- Q: What is a root canal?
- A: A root canal is when the diseased tissue is removed from the root system and replaced with a filling material without removing the tooth or the actual roots.
- Q: Will it hurt?
- A: My goal is to relieve your pain. You should be very comfortable in the chair and not feel anything during the treatment. After the treatment, you may have some discomfort which usually subsides in 2-3 days.
- Q: What do I do when the root canal is completed?
- A: You need to contact your general dentist to schedule for the final restorations on the top of the tooth. It is recommended that you give the tooth at least a week to feel better, but wait no longer than 5-6 weeks to see your dentist.
- Q: When can I eat?
- A: I recommend waiting at least 30 minutes after the procedure to eat. I also recommend that you not use the tooth very much until the final restoration is placed.
- Q: What about brushing?
- A: Once the temporary filling in the top of the tooth sets up (15 minutes), you may brush your teeth normally. If you use a sonic toothbrush or a water pick, I recommend not using them on that tooth until the final restorations are placed or simply switch to a manual toothbrush until you see your dentist.
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to call my office and we will be happy to answer them.