Endodontics is the dental specialty concerning the roots or nerves of the teeth. When a tooth gets infected, the roots are often the culprit. A root canal is the most common endodontic procedure. Root canals allow Dr. Dipika Shah, D.D.S., of Holmdel, NJ., to remove infected tissue. A root canal saves the tooth, clearing it of infection.
During your root canal procedure, the area will first be numbed with a local anesthetic. Dr. Shah will drill a hole into the tooth. This will expose the root canal. From here, the infected tissue can be spotted and removed. The area will also be thoroughly cleaned. Once finished, a sealant will close off the area. Often times a crown is placed.
It is normal to experience soreness in your jaw and tooth after the procedure. This will dissipate as the tooth heals. Over-the-counter pain medication is often enough to handle any pain. In certain cases, Dr. Shah will prescribe pain relievers. With modern technology and medicine, root canal procedures are performed with little to no pain or negative side effects.
Follow the post-operative instructions given to you by Dr. Shah and our staff. Make sure to avoid vigorous activity while healing. Once the tooth has healed, you should be able to eat and drink without experiencing any pain or discomfort.
If you need a root canal or are concerned that you might need one, contact Dr. Dipika Shah, D.D.S. today. We are located in Holmdel, NJ. To schedule an appointment, visit our website or call 732-264-8180.