What to Expect Before, During, and After Root Canal Treatment

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Though many people do not relish the idea of being told they need a root canal, this dental procedure can help save your natural teeth. Root canals may be necessary in the event of severe decay or injury, and avoiding treatment can lead to a series of more serious and painful problems. Thankfully, with advances in dental technology, root canals do not need to be feared as they once were. Your Tucson dentist will explain the root canal procedure as well as how you’ll be numbed so that you feel nothing during the treatment. Read on to learn more about what to expect from a root canal.


If your dentist tells you that you need a root canal, there is a good chance that you’ve been experiencing dental pain. An abscess is a painful, pimple-like bump that appears above the gum line, and can indicate an infection in the root of the tooth. Abscesses do not go away on their own, and you should visit your dentist as soon as possible if you notice this change in your oral health. At the dentist’s office, you’ll learn more about the root canal procedure and why it is a better option than tooth extraction.


During a root canal, your dentist will remove the infected pulp that is causing you pain. The rest of the tooth will be completely cleaned free of bacteria so that an infection does not come back. Once the tooth has been cleaned, your dentist will fill it with a special material and sealer.  A restorative crown or filling is the last step of the procedure, and will function like your natural tooth once healing is complete.


In the days following your root canal, it is normal to experience a bit of soreness. You can typically treat this with over-the-counter pain relievers, and you should avoid eating any crunchy or hard foods until you are healed.

At Manela Dental in Tucson, we provide top-quality dental services including root canals for our patients. Contact us at (520) 744-2039 to schedule a routine cleaning, or if you have other concerns about your dental health. We are dedicated to your needs before, during, and after your dental visit.