If you need a root canal, it likely sounds a lot scarier than it really is. A root canal is a very intensive cavity filling that results in the need for a dental crown to cover the drilled-out areas of the tooth. The alternative to a root canal is often just simply pulling a tooth, which is something you want to avoid if you can.
Do you need a root canal? If you do, how do you prep for one? Your dentist does dental fillings on the regular and cavities and root canals are among the more popular dental treatments you can have, so don't worry about the care you'll get when you have a root canal done. Here are signs you need a root canal and how to prep for one so you're ready.
Your tooth is severely damaged to the root
A rotting or dying tooth is one that is likely going to need a root canal since once the infection has reached the root, there is little else your dentist can do other than perform dental extractions in the affected areas. If you want to preserve as much of your teeth as possible, have a root canal done.
Your tooth has a cavity that has returned
In some cases, you can get a cavity in the same part of the tooth that has had a cavity in the past. A secondary cavity can be much deeper than the first one and get into the root system of a tooth, leading to a root canal necessity. If you need a root canal, your dentist will let you know, but they'll try to avoid going to this measure if they can help it.
Your tooth is infected and in a noticeable area
A tooth way in the back of your mouth may have a cavity and can be removed instead of getting a root canal. However, a tooth that is infected in the front of your mouth may be more noticeable if it's missing, so let your dentist perform a root canal if they suggest it.
How to prepare for a root canal
If you need a root canal, then your dentist may prescribe antibiotics as a precaution before you get your procedure done. On the day of your procedure, take time off work or school and have a sitter arranged for your children, if needed. This way, you can get your root canal done and then rest after, knowing you will be able to heal better if you have time to relax.Share
15 June 2022
Being born with naturally soft teeth, I've spent a lot of time in and out of the dentist's office. Not only have I learned a lot about basic dental care, I've also discovered many tips for dealing with broken teeth, extractions, implants, and more. I decided that I wanted to make the most of my experience by sharing what I've learned with others. True first-hand experience is a great teacher, and I knew that my story could help. I created this site to do just that, and I hope that the information here helps you to understand what to expect from your dental problems.