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Even though many patients freeze up at the words “root canal,” the procedure is actually a very beneficial one. Although the pulp of your tooth is very important for keeping it healthy, the tooth itself can exist without the pulp. A root canal is necessary if the pulp becomes infected because bacteria has entered it through damage or decay. If left untreated, an abscess can form, which can cause an infection, pain and swelling in your jaw and could impact other parts of your body. A root canal removes that pulp and allows the tooth to support a crown, This helps to keep your smile intact.

After the root canal, your dentist may send you home with a prescription for an antibiotic, a pain-reliever, or an anti-inflammatory. You should take your prescribed medication exactly as instructed by the dentist.

Some pain is to be expected immediately after the procedure. However, if the pain is persistent, or you experience swelling, a fever, nausea, or shaking you should see the dentist as soon as you can. It is possible that some bacteria may have been left in the tooth, or one of that one of roots was missed during the procedure. There may be a crack in the root of your tooth that was so small that it could not be detected. However that crack could admit bacteria that could reinfect the tooth. If you have had a root canal in the past, the material used to seal the inside of the root may erode, which could admit bacteria.

If you have a tooth causing you pain, or you have another dental concern, our dentist, Dr. Amanda Lewis will be happy to see you. If you live in the Decatur, Illinois, area, don’t wait until the pain is unbearable. Call 217.877.1742 today to schedule an appointment at Central Illinois Smiles.