Need a Root Canal? Four Questions You Should Ask First

Dental procedures of any kind, no matter how serious or routine can be a cause for a lot of stress and anxiety for many people around the world. But often, once you do your research and know the right questions to ask, you’ll feel more at ease! That’s what your endodontist is here for—to answer your questions about your upcoming root canal and ease any concerns you may have before your procedure.

You might find that you don’t know what questions you should ask before your root canal, but luckily, we’ve outlined a few below that’ll help you prepare and ease your mind at the same time.

  1. Why do I need a root canal?
  2. Do I need a crown?
  3. Will my root canal be painful?
  4. How do I prepare for my root canal?


  1. Why Do I Need A Root Canal?

There are a few things that will translate into you needing to have a root canal, but luckily, in 95% of cases, it’s a quick and easy procedure. Here are a few common reasons why you may find yourself in need of a root canal.

  • Deep decay
  • A faulty crown
  • A chipped or cracked tooth
  • Repeated and failed dental procedures on a particular tooth
  • An injury to a tooth without visible cracks or chips

As you can see, there are many causes for a root canal, and your endodontist will work with you to try and save your natural tooth at all costs.


  1. Do I Need A Crown?

The chances are good that you will need a crown on your affected tooth to maintain its function and allow you to eat your favorite foods, just like before your procedure.

Not to worry, though, because crowns function just like healthy teeth, and if you care for them properly, you shouldn’t have any issues!


  1. Will My Root Canal Be Painful?

One of the most significant things patients stress about before a dental procedure, especially root canals, is the amount of pain they will be in during and after the procedure. However, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, numbing agents, and highly trained endodontists, the worst part of your root canal will be the days leading up to it when your tooth is aching.

If you do experience unmanageable pain during or after your procedure, let your endodontist know! They can remedy any pain quickly and effectively.


  1. How Do I Prepare for My Root Canal?

There are a few things you can do before your root canal to help your endodontist and lower your risk of infection in your tooth.

  • Avoid chewing around the affected tooth
  • Brush and floss around the tooth with care


Once your root canal is over, you can expect to be numb for anywhere from two to four hours, but once the numbness has worn off, you should be able to eat and drink with minimal issues.


The Experience, Technology, and Care You Deserve

Here at South Center Endodontics, we strive to make your root canal as painless as possible and hope to keep your fear and anxiety at bay, too. If you need a root canal, contact us today so we can help you regain your beautiful, pain-free smile!

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