When the dentist informs you that a problem with your tooth will require a root canal to fix, there are plenty of questions that come up, from how invasive the treatment is to how the crown will look once it’s is permanently in place. Prior to undergoing root canal therapy, consider the following aspects of the procedure:
How to Prepare for the Procedure
When decay in the tooth reaches the pulp, a root canal must be performed to save the natural tooth. Though it’s a process that has worried some dental patients over the years, having root canal therapy performed can be a simple and effective way to restore your tooth. With the proper preparation beforehand, your root canal therapy can be conducted more efficiently and comfortably.
To prepare for the procedure, verify with your dentist if you need medication for any possible infection. If the tooth has become infected, antibiotics can help alleviate some pain. It’s recommended to take ibuprofen, which is an anti-inflammatory, an hour before your appointment to limit swelling. Most importantly, ask your dentist questions to better understand the procedure so it may help to minimise any anxiety you may have prior to the procedure.
Once the decay has been removed and the tooth is filled in, a permanent crown is manufactured to fasten over the tooth to aid in bolstering stability and function. These restorations also protect the tooth from future infection and damage. Depending on if the root canal was performed on the front teeth or molars, the crown can be made of a variety of ceramics or metals.
What if my Child needs a Root Canal on their Baby Tooth?
When children experience dental decay, some parents may believe that treatment is unnecessary because it’s a baby tooth that is being affected. Most think because a permanent tooth will fill its place, the need to save the tooth is diminished. Unfortunately, if the child’s tooth was not ready to come out, removing it early can cause them to have a gap in that spot for several years. This can lead to difficulty brushing properly, and also put more pressure on the jawbone. By preserving the integrity of the baby tooth so it falls out as a result of natural progression, you are maintaining proper oral care for your child.