Will I Be Awake During a Root Canal?

Have you been told you need a root canal? If it’ll be your first, you may have some questions about what the procedure entails. In this post we’ll answer some common questions about root canals so that you’ll be prepared for your upcoming procedure.

dental patient undergoing root canal surgery

Will I Be Awake During a Root Canal?

The short answer is yes, you’ll likely be awake during a root canal. A root canal might sound scary, but these procedures are routine and are used widely to save teeth and reduce pain associated with decay. In most instances, the dentist will apply a local anesthesia to the affected area before getting to work. There are situations, however, where the patient may not be awake for the procedure. If you experience dental anxiety or phobia, sedation is an option at many offices. Talk to your dentist about your options if this is something that you need.

What Is a Root Canal?

When a tooth is badly decayed, a root canal can be performed to remove the damaged pulp from within the tooth. Tooth pulp contains nerves and blood vessels–it’s the living part of the tooth. Once it begins to rot, the patient is left with a lot of pain and discomfort, the dentist will go in and remove that pulp and seal the tooth, thereby saving the tooth.

How Do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?

You should be seeing your dentist twice a year for your biannual cleaning and exam, and your dentist will tell you if you need a root canal. However there are some signs you or your dentist may notice that indicate that the procedure is needed. A severe toothache, especially when chewing, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, tooth discoloration, and gum swelling can all signal to a dentist that a root canal may be necessary.

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Whether it’s a root canal or a regular check up, we’re here to meet your needs. Contact us today and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.

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