Frequently Asked Questions
Does root canal therapy hurt?
No, root canal therapy doesn’t hurt. While it has a reputation for being painful, modern technology and anesthesia have made it much more comfortable. Patients compare receiving a root canal to a tooth filling.
You may experience some discomfort in the days after your procedure, but this usually subsides. Following the instructions provided by our trusted dentists can ensure your recovery is quick and free of complications.
How long does root canal therapy take?
Depending on your specific case, root canal therapy typically requires one to two appointments that will last about 90 minutes each. If you think you’re in need of a root canal, call our office at (616) 942-9595 to schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable dentists. We’ll examine your mouth, determine a personalized treatment plan, and give you a more accurate time frame for your procedure.
What are the aftercare instructions following a tooth extraction?
Following a tooth extraction, you’ll want to follow a few tips to facilitate healing and protect the site, including:
- Avoid strenuous exercise
- Avoid smoking and using a straw for 72 hours
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as Ibuprofen and apply ice as needed to address any discomfort and swelling
- Chew away from the extraction site
- Limit your diet to soft foods and avoid any foods or beverages that are too hot or cold
What’s the best way to avoid a cavity?
The best way to avoid a cavity is to brush twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride, floss daily, and rinse in between meals. In addition to following a regular oral hygiene routine, you’ll want to:
- Avoid sugary and acidic foods and beverages
- Schedule regular checkups and professional cleanings at our Grand Rapids office
- Consider getting dental sealants (most appropriate for children 12 and under or adults who are prone to cavities)
- Consider fluoride treatments
- Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables
- Avoid smoking