Root canals allow dentists to save patients' teeth when they have become infected or severely decayed. Root canal treatment does not need to be traumatic. In fact, it can be simple, quick, and pleasant. These three tips can help you have as easy and painless a root canal as possible.

1. Don't wait

The words "root canal" strike fear into the hearts of many people. Fears about pain, inconvenience, and cost can all cause a person to put off a necessary root canal. However, it's important to have dental abscesses treated as soon as possible. Tooth infections can be very painful when left untreated, and in rare cases, they can even cause life-threatening swelling and other complications. That's why it's best not to wait to address a need for root canal treatment.

2. Follow all of your endodontist's instructions

Many people who require root canals will be referred to endodontic specialists. Endodontists perform root canals and other procedures relating to the interior structures of the teeth. During your first visit to an endodontist's office, your painful tooth will be evaluated for pulp viability. Many of the tests used to determine whether you need a root canal are subjective based on your perception of pain. Before your appointment, your endodontist may give you specific instructions. For example, they may ask you to avoid pain medication for several hours before your initial visit. It's important to follow all of your endodontist's instructions for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

3. Ask about crown preservation options

In many cases, once a root canal is performed, Your tooth will require no further interventions. Unfortunately, a root canal retreatment may be necessary in some cases. For example, if the interior of your tooth has an extra root canal, it may be missed during the first procedure. This can require retreatment at a later date. If you're told that you need to have a root canal retreated, there's no need to panic. Your endodontist will make your root canal retreatment as easy and painless as your initial treatment. You may also be eligible for crown preservation options, which can save you the expense of purchasing an additional dental crown. If your crown is still viable, your endodontist will perform the root canal through your crown, which can be patched by your general dentist following your treatment. 

With an endodontist, you will be in good hands throughout your root canal treatment. Make sure to follow all of your dentist's instructions and attend all your scheduled follow-up visits for the best results and ongoing dental health.

Reach out to a local dentist or endodontist to learn more about root canal treatment.