A root canal may be necessary when the enamel is so decayed that it no longer protects the pulp, the interior of the tooth. When pulp becomes inflamed or infected, a root canal or other surgical procedure may be necessary.
Root Canal and Surgery – What To Expect
A root canal is similar to a filling, but for the inside of your tooth. The dentist locates the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully removes it from your tooth, and seals the area from which it came to keep it from getting infected again. After the procedure, a crown will be placed on your tooth, to protect it from pressure of chewing and biting. Your appointment typically lasts about 90 minutes, and you’ll have your choice of two conscious sedation methods, valium or nitrous oxide gas.
After the procedure, your tooth may feel sensitive or different for a few days. This is completely normal. Follow our after care guide to ensure proper healing.
Downtown Dental Group also performs other endodontic and periodontic surgeries in its Manhattan, Kansas office. As with all our procedures, we talk with patients about their options and the benefits and risks of the procedure, and let you determine the best course of action.
Consultation for root canal and oral surgery cases is free, and Dr. Winter and Dr. Carpenter always make time to explain the procedure and answer your questions. Schedule your initial consultation today.