If you have gone through root canal therapy in the past, you know that it can be a difficult procedure in terms of the symptoms that cause a need for the treatment in the first place, the treatment itself, and the healing period after. At our more, Dr. Roger Curtiss and staff want to make sure that you have the information you need in order to make your root canal treatment as successful as possible and prevent re-infection.
It is important to know why root canal treatments are used in the first place. Dr. Curtiss usually recommends root canal therapy for a patient if there is a tooth with an infected pulp present. The pulp is the conglomeration of soft tissue present at the center of each tooth. A tooth usually becomes infected because it has decayed to the point where the pulp is exposed to bacteria. If we discover this problem during your visit at our more, it is likely we will recommend root canal therapy in order to remove the infected pulp, clear away any excess bacteria, and seal the tooth back up safely.
Most root canal treatments are very successful, but it is important to be vigilant and put in extra effort in order to keep them successful, and prevent re-infection from occurring. It is important to take any medication that Dr. Curtiss prescribes to you as directed after your leave our more in order to battle any remaining infection and to relieve any pain that you are experiencing. You should try to avoid chewing on the affected tooth or eating hard foods in order to prevent fracturing the new crown that is in place. If you have not yet had the crown put in place, your treatment is not complete, as the crown is crucial in protecting the work that has been done and preventing re-infection. To learn more, please visit our practice’s main website. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have by calling our East Northport dental office directly or sending us a message online.