First off, a root canal may take two visits with our West Columbia dentists. To begin, we will assess the tooth once again and get brand new x-rays to ensure we have the clearest view possible of the area we will be treating. When it’s time to begin the root canal, we will numb you to ensure you are comfortable. Once the root canal itself has been completed, we will place a temporary restoration on the tooth, such as a crown. You may feel some sensitivity in the area for a few days, but know that this is normal and we can provide you with tips and/or prescriptions to help manage it.
Your second appointment will be a follow-up. We will check to see how your tooth is and we will also place a permanent restoration that will prevent your tooth from becoming infected again.
Although root canals are believed to be painful, patients don’t feel anything during the procedure itself. Before getting a root canal, however, recurring infection will bring a lot of pain and sensitivity that makes it difficult to eat and speak comfortably. The good news is that, once the procedure is complete, you will enjoy zero pain in the tooth, save for some sensitivity for a few days.