Root Canal FAQs
posted: Nov. 11, 2021.
If you live in Chicago, IL (Lincoln Park) with questions about root canals, then Dr. Allen Momongan from The Dental Practice of Lincoln Park has the answers to your most burning questions about this type of procedure.
Does a root canal hurt?
Dental work is often associated with painful procedures, but advances in medical technology allow dentists like Dr. Momongan to work on your teeth with the least amount of discomfort possible. The area where a root canal was performed may be tender for a few days afterward and require some OTC* medication for pain. For the most part, root canals do not hurt.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a standard dental procedure where the infected pulp of a tooth is removed, and the area is cleaned and filled and, finally, sealed to prevent further infection. Dr. Allen Momongan, who serves Chicago, IL (Lincoln Park), performs procedures like root canals regularly.
Is it better to extract a tooth or have a root canal?
You should always try and save the natural tooth, so a root canal is preferable to extraction if possible. When there is an extraction, the tooth will need to be replaced, possibly leading to more dental procedures.
Do I need to take time off after a root canal?
No, you can return to work or school after a root canal. The only discomfort at that stage should be the numbness from the local anesthetic that will eventually wear off. After that, you may need to take OTC pain medication for a day or two.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
You may need a root canal under the following circumstances:
- You have a cracked tooth
- Pain while chewing or biting
- Unresolved issues from a previous filling
- Pimples on the gums or discoloration
Take the guesswork out of root canals if you’re from Chicago, IL (Lincoln Park), and speak to Dr. Allen Momongan about your queries and concerns. Contact The Dental Practice of Lincoln Park at (773) 935-9818 to book an appointment today.