Root canal therapy (also known as endodontic therapy) is performed on a tooth where the nerve has been damaged due to decay or trauma. The procedure may be performed by your family dentist, but in many cases the patient is referred to an endodontist (a dentist that specializes in root canal therapy).
Very often you may not have much time to actually prepare for having a root canal. You may be experiencing tooth discomfort or sensitivity and go to a dentist expecting a quick fix. But sometimes more extensive treatment is needed; and the patient very well may be having a root canal performed as soon as possible.
The best way to prepare for any procedure is to ask questions. Knowledge is power; your endodontist is more than happy to address any questions or concerns you may have before your procedure.
Make sure your dental provider is aware of any medications you are taking. Do not take anything that has not been prescribed as a means to “get ahead” of potential discomfort. You will be given sufficient anesthetic for the procedure, and will be given medication as needed after completion.
You endodontist will provide detailed instructions prior to treatment, so be sure to follow them closely. If you have a cold or feel “under the weather” let your provider know what is going on.
Once your root canal has been completed you will be issued post operative instructions. Follow them for your own comfort and to expedite healing. In most cases, you will want to rest the remainder of treatment day.
For more information about this procedure of if you have questions prior to root canal therapy, contact our team at Access Endodontics.