The interior of the tooth where the pulp and nerves are located is called the root canal. When decay extends to the pulp chamber, a root canal procedure is needed to remove and clean out decay. Dr. Kim Westermann offers comprehensive exams and assessments prior to the procedure to ensure that patients are comfortable during treatment. She will review your oral health needs as well as your budget and goals before treatment to ensure that they all align.
Root Canal FAQs
Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about the root canal procedure below:
Is a root canal painful?
Root canals are no more painful than any other routine dental procedure. You may feel mild pain for a few days after treatment, but anesthetic is used to numb the area being treated.
How long is the root canal procedure?
The length of treatment is dependent on the needs of the individual. Typically, the procedure consists of one or two visits of about 90 minutes.
Can you brush your teeth after a root canal?
Unless you are instructed otherwise, you can brush and floss your teeth normally after your procedure. Most of the time patients can go about their normal dental routine following a root canal.
Are dental crowns needed after root canal treatment?
Usually, if a tooth is a premolar or a back tooth, it may need to receive a dental crown after a root canal. Front teeth may also receive dental crowns depending on a patient’s specific needs. Dental crowns can help protect weak teeth and protect them from more damage.
Schedule a Root Canal Today
If you want to remove tooth decay with a root canal, call Dr. Westermann today at (502) 219-3168. You can also schedule an appointment with our professionals online here. Dr. Westermann and her team are dedicated to providing comfortable dental care to patients of all ages.