What to Expect From Your Root Canal Appointment

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Expecting root canal treatment? Think you might need an appointment?

It can be hard to tell without an initial diagnosis, so it's best you visit your dentist's office and find out. 

Nonetheless, before you go - it's best to get involved and understand what you can expect from a root canal appointment.

Keep reading to see what's involved from start to finish.

Who Needs Root Canal Treatment?

Each and every tooth has a pulp. The pulp is the live tissue inside of the root, which connects it to the gums and bone. The pulp is filled with nerves, connective tissues, and blood vessels.

Compromises roots & pulp can be caused by:

  1. Cracked or chipped teeth.
  2. Excessive dental work to teeth.
  3. Tooth infection.

A root canal is a type of dental treatment that can be done to help retain your natural teeth while removing damaged or infected tissue.

The "canal" refers to the canal of tissue inside of the tooth that extends from the top to the root itself. A common myth around root canal treatment is that it involves drilling down into the gum or creating a canal in the gums.

Without root canal treatment, an infection can spread over the gum line, and infect other teeth. Teeth will turn black or yellow and can have a tremendous impact on other parts of your body via the bloodstream.

In most cases, you will know when to get diagnosed as you will feel exorbitant pain in your mouth. A root canal can be uncomfortable and go away, but treatment will help remove the side effects of potential infection and more impactful damage.

So let's take a look at what you can expect from a single or dual day appointment for root canal treatment.

The Initial Evaluation

Each and every appointment should begin a thorough examination. The doctor will take your medical history into account, and discuss reasons for referral to the office. 

If necessary, a radiograph will be taken, and a medical diagnosis will be rendered. Once the diagnosis has been established, the dentist will review the nature of the issue, and present the options for treatment.

After this, you will be able to ask any questions or discuss concerns about the root canal treatment.

If you have an initial appointment set for evaluation, you will then be scheduled to have another appointment for having the treatment performed.

If the appointment was scheduled for evaluation and treatment, there is the possibility of having both experiences within a single session. Buy only as long as you discuss the treatment, and agree to have it done.

What Occurs During Root Canal Treatment

Depending on your specific scenario, the root canal treatment will differ - but it will surround these procedures in some shape or form.


In preparation for the root canal treatment, local anesthesia will be integrated into the process to numb the area surrounding the tooth. This will help you remain relaxed, and not experience pain during the procedure.

Pulp Removal

Root canal treatment is practically standard in all dentistry with minor variability. Standard treatment consists of filing the tooth to create access to the cavity, and the files are used to clean the canals of the infected pulp, debris, and bacteria.

However, this type of treatment is difficult and has trouble reaching certain areas. Often leaving infected tissue behind - presenting an opportunity for reinfection.

Some clinics are able to provide alternative treatment, which involves broad-spectrum acoustic energy to clean and disinfect the root canal system. And it is capable of reaching hard to reach areas, providing faster healing and tooth dentin preservation.

Length of Procedure

The length of time it takes to complete the procedure depends on the treatment option, and how many appointments you will have.

A standard root canal treatment takes from one to two appointments, at 90 minutes each.

The acoustic treatment can be completed in a single session, same day.


The procedure does not end when you leave the clinic. Recovery is also part of the process, and your dentist might prescribe pain medication and antibiotics to help manage the issues.

It's also important that as a patient you don't chew on that tooth until tenderness has disappeared. By doing so, you will help prevent the recontamination of the cavity.

What To Do After The Treatment

As mentioned earlier your mouth will still be numb, so make sure not to bite your cheek or tongue. And avoid hot liquids so you don't burn yourself.

The surrounding gum and tooth will remain tender for multiple days, as a result of the treatment, especially if the pain was present before the procedure. Soreness is normal when biting, and is no cause for worry.

The symptoms will alleviate of their own accord over time. The dentist can prescribe pain medication to mediate the troubles.

Once the treatment has been done, you will receive a report which includes pre and post-op x-rays so that you can continue with care in the future. 

After the treatment, you will be required to schedule a follow-up appointment to place a permanent restoration on the tooth. 

Regular routine check-ups on your teeth are important if you want to keep your general hygiene in check. While making sure that your root canal is fine.

Your Root Canal Appointment Upon Convenience

Now that you know what to expect from your root canal appointment, you can remain worry-free and excited to receive your minimally-invasive treatment.

Root canal treatment is timely, safe, and effective. 

If you think you need to have one done, get in touch with us (Empire Dental Group of New Jersey) and we will take a look to determine the treatment options for you.

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