Does A Root Canal Hurt?
Contrary to popular belief, modern root canal procedures, especially when performed by an expert dentist who does root canals, are as comfortable as getting a filling. Dr. Scruggs employs advanced techniques to ensure minimal discomfort during the procedure.
What Should I Expect After A Root Canal?
While some tenderness is typical, most patients return to their regular activities the next day. Proper oral hygiene and avoiding hard foods can help expedite recovery. Post-procedure check-ups are essential. Initially, you might need to visit your dentist a week after the procedure. Thereafter, regular bi-annual visits should suffice to ensure the treated tooth remains in optimal health.
Is Root Canal Therapy A Permanent Solution?
Yes, a root canal is intended to be a permanent solution to treat and save an infected tooth. However, like all dental procedures, its longevity depends on good oral care and regular check-ups.
Are There Alternatives To A Root Canal?
While root canals are highly effective, alternatives include tooth extraction followed by a dental implant or bridge. However, preserving the natural tooth is always the preferred option in restorative dentistry.