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Do you have an appointment approaching that involves endodontic therapy? If so, good for you! Endodontic therapy, which is also known as root canal therapy, is a great way to restore your tooth and improve your oral health. To help you know a little more about this treatment so you can prepare for your appointment, Dr. Lori Hawkins and our dental team are happy to share some helpful tips and information with you.

Endodontic therapy is necessary when the nerve or pulp of your tooth is severely infected or decayed. Oftentimes, it is so affected that the only other treatment option is tooth extraction. While sitting in the dental chair, Dr. Lori Hawkins will remove the infected tissues and will clean the tooth. Once it’s clean, she will seal it with a dental filling or, if necessary, a dental crown.

Unfortunately, this treatment has a bad rep. However, root canal therapy isn’t as painful as people think it is. In fact, the therapy is less painful than the pain you experienced before the treatment and it has about the same level of pain as the treatment involved in placing a dental filling, which is not very much.

After the treatment, the tooth will most likely be a bit sensitive for a few days. You can relieve the discomfort by taking over-the-counter pain medication. Oftentimes, you can return to your normal activities the next day. Until then, it’s best to recuperate.

Now that you know these details, you’re ready for your root canal treatment in Belpre, Ohio! If you have any questions about these details or if you would like to learn more, please call Hawkins Family Dentistry. Once you call 740-423-8416, our dental team will be happy to assist you!