Top 10 Asked Questions About Root Canals

March 3, 2021

Are you awake for a root canal?

Yes. During a root canal treatment, a local anesthetic is injected into the gums. This anesthetic helps you from feeling any pain and allows for a comfortable procedure.

What happens if you don’t fix a root canal?

If left untreated, the bacterial infection could get worse and spread to other parts of your body. That’s why it is important to get a root canal as soon as your dentist recommends it to prevent the consequences from getting serious.

Can a root canal be redone?

If there is an infection or the tooth remains infected, a root canal retreatment may be necessary. However, root canal treatments have a high success rate, so a retreatment is very rare.

How many times can you have root canal on one tooth?

Yes, it is possible. Once a tooth has been treated with a root canal, there are some cases when a retreatment may be necessary.

What symptoms are abnormal after a root canal treatment?

If you are experiencing severe pain or pressure, extreme swelling, or an uneven bite, please contact your dentist immediately.

How many visits does a root canal take?

A root canal treatment can be completed in one or two appointments. In the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed. In the following appointment(s), the root canal is cleaned and crown/filling is placed.

How long does the pain last after a root canal?

Although there may be mild discomfort or pain, this should only last a few days. If you are feeling more severe symptoms, contact your dental team.

Do you need to rest after a root canal?

After a root canal treatment, your mouth may be numb from the local anesthesia, but most people are able to continue with their daily activities.

Can you brush your teeth after a root canal?

It is crucial to maintain good oral hygiene after getting a root canal treatment. However, brush and floss with caution to prevent tooth irritation and try not to put excess pressure on your tooth.

How soon can I eat after root canal?

You are safe to eat as soon as your numbness wears off. Make sure to eat soft foods for one or two days after your root canal treatment and avoid anything that is too hot or too cold.

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