Before, During & After a Root Canal

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When a tooth becomes infected, the best treatment is often a root canal. This surgery removes the infection, prevents more serious problems, and saves your natural tooth! Many people worry about root canals because they seem scary, but thanks to modern dentistry, the procedure is safer and easier than ever. Here’s what to expect before, during, and after a root canal:

Before a Root Canal

Recognizing the symptoms of infection lets us catch the issue early on. You might experience increased tooth sensitivity, tooth pain, tender gums, and swelling. Not everyone shows symptoms, which is why it’s so important to come to High Point Dentistry for regular exams. Dr. Kong will let you know if you need a root canal.

During a Root Canal

Before we begin, we numb the area around the infected tooth. You won’t feel any pain during the treatment. Next, we remove the infected tissue from inside the tooth using special tools. The tooth is sealed and strengthened by a filling or crown, so bacteria can’t get back inside the tooth.

After a Root Canal

Root canals provide instant pain relief. After the treatment, you will most likely experience some tenderness or discomfort, but no pain. To heal quickly, follow the after-care instructions we give you, eat soft foods, and take it easy the next few days. If you do start feeling pain or the swelling doesn’t go down, please get in touch with us right away.

Root Canals at High Point Dentistry

Root canals stop infections before they can spread. Many fear that root canals are painful, but putting off the treatment is what causes real agony. Because of improved dentistry, you only feel pressure during a root canal, not pain. If you have any questions about root canals or suspect you might need one, please contact us! We have offices in Elgin, Schaumburg, and Palatine.

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