The purpose of a root canal is to remove infected material from within your tooth. Once this material has been removed we sterilized the canals of your tooth and placed a tight seal to prevent re-infection caused by bacteria that are normally present in your mouth.
In most cases when a tooth needs a root canal, the jaw bone beyond the roots is affected as well. Now that the cause of this problem has been removed, your body’s immune system will clear this up over the next couple of days. During this healing phase, it is quite normal for you to experience some discomfort. Particularly when you bite down on the tooth it might feel tender. In most cases, a painkiller like Tylenol, Advil, or Aspirin will be sufficient to control this.
In the majority of cases, we have found that teeth that need a root canal are severely weakened. To prevent fracture and re-infection of the area, a gold or porcelain crown is most often recommended.
We can arrange this for you as soon as you can chew normally again on your tooth.
If you have any questions please contact our office at your convenience.