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Clarkson Dental Group
1748 Clarkson Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Root Canals

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At Clarkson Dental Group, we believe that the better informed our patients are, the better they can make good decisions about their oral health.

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health issues. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.

Root Canals

Generally, we recommend avoiding any chewing on a root canal treated tooth for a few days.  A root canal is completed on a tooth that was damaged and had a noticeable injury.  You will want to allow this tooth some time to recover.

In most cases yes.  The dental crown will provide the necessary support and stabilization after the root canal treatment.  This is important to ensure the tooth does not continue to deteriorate or fracture.   Without the proper crown restoration, it is possible your tooth could fracture and require removal.

The root canal treatment does not hurt.   The pain symptoms causing the need for root canal treatment can cause a very painful toothache.  Upon completion of a root canal, you will be able to use the tooth pain-free.  The use of today’s modern local anesthetics, and in some cases in-office IV sedation, will ensure you have the pain-free experience.

In most cases, a root canal procedure is a single-visit appointment and can take up to 60 minutes.  In more complex cases, the root canal treatment may take additional appointments.

A root canal (or endodontic treatment), or more properly defined as nerve injury treatment, is indicated when the nerve of the tooth has been damaged due to trauma to the tooth, broken tooth or filling, and/or pain with the tooth.  The root canal treatment allows the tooth return to normal healthy pain-free condition.

Local anesthetic will be utilized to ensure your comfort during your root canal procedure.  If you are a candidate, you may also complete this procedure utilizing IV Moderate Sedation.

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