First, you probably started experiencing sensitivity in your teeth. Instead of visiting your dentist, you tried to cut back on your favorite acidic or sugary foods. However, that pain in your teeth didn’t go away the way you hoped it would. In fact, it got stronger! Finally, after avoiding those foods and drinks that you love due to the pain it caused, you decided to visit us at Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry.

When Dr. Clancy looked at your teeth, he confirmed your fears. As it turns out, you had a large cavity and needed a root canal to remove the infected tissue. So, you scheduled your root canal and now you’re waiting (very impatiently) for the procedure with your dentist.

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The Procedure: What is a Root Canal?

Inside each of your teeth, you have both dental pulp and nerve tissue. Sometimes, enamel decay leads to these parts of your teeth becoming infected as well. In some cases, the pain will build up slowly over time and other times, we will notice an infection in the root of your tooth during a regular cleaning before you even experience pain.

The procedure, itself, is actually much like a routine cavity filling. Your dentist will first clear out the decaying and infected area and then fill it in afterward. For root canal therapy, we will also manage your pain by giving you anesthesia and monitoring your comfort during the treatment.

Recovery: After Your Root Canal Therapy

You may be wondering, what should I expect after my root canal? That’s a good question! Root canal therapy can be quite intimidating and many of our patients get a little nervous both about the treatment and post-treatment effects.

Inevitably, some people will experience a bit of pain or swelling after their root canal procedure. Research shows that about 40 to 60% of patients will experience some level of discomfort after endodontic treatment. However, the constant pain from actively decaying teeth is much worse than the mild pain from root canal therapy.

Since you should only experience mild pain, we recommend over-the-counter medications such as Advil, Tylenol, and Motrin. However, if your pain is not manageable or worsens over time, please call or visit us. We will prescribe higher strength medications on a per-case basis for patients who experience more severe pain.

Your Dentist in Woburn

If you are experiencing sensitivity or pain in your teeth, don’t wait to schedule a dental appointment. When you give tooth decay a home in your mouth, it will only get worse. Additionally, if you haven’t received a dental cleaning recently, it may be time to schedule a regular dental appointment. Call our office at (781) 396-8558 or schedule an appointment with Dr. Clancy online.