Young woman sitting in dental chair smiling after receiving root canal

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a restorative technique to save a tooth that is severely decayed or infected. Once the infection has reached the dentin or pulp of the tooth, a root canal is needed. Without a root canal, the tooth would have to be pulled, or extracted.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

If you’re experiencing serious pain in your mouth when eating or putting pressure on the area or sensitivity to hot and cold that lingers even when the hot or cold is no longer in contact with the tooth, you may be a candidate for a root canal. Contact our office today with any questions about the pain you are experiencing.

What is the process of getting a root canal?

First, your mouth will be numbed to eliminate any pain during the procedure. Our staff will ensure your comfort during the entire process. After your mouth is numbed, your dentist create an area in the center of your tooth called an “access hole.” This will allow the dentist to remove the damaged or decayed "pulp" from your tooth. Then, the inside of your tooth will be cleaned and sterilized to ensure all the bacteria and infection is removed. The tooth will then be sealed to finish the process. It is recommended that the tooth is fitted with a crown following a root canal, which will further protect your teeth and will restore it to a normal function and the crown will be aesthetically pleasing. At Haid Dental, our highly educated team uses the latest technology to make your root canal quick, effective, and painless. With the use of rotary endodontics, our dentists can complete the process quickly and easily. 

What should I expect after a root canal?

You may experience mild discomfort following the procedure. Our team may advise you to take over-the-counter pain reliever for a day or two until the pain is gone after a day or two. Avoid biting hard surfaces like ice or pen caps so your crown does not get damaged. Brush and floss regularly to keep your new crown healthy. 

I’m scared about my upcoming root canal. What can I do?

Root canals can be completed quickly, efficiently, and with little to no pain or discomfort with today’s technology. If you are nervous about your upcoming procedure, feel free to call our office in Dublin at 614-889-7661 or in Worthington at 614-885-2610 to discuss the procedure and techniques used to minimize discomfort or fear throughout the procedure.

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