If you have been given an appointment for a Root Canal Treatment, kindly observe the following guidelines to ensure your comfort:
Medication: If medication has been prescribed, please take them as instructed.
Cancellations: Kindly avoid last-minute cancellations. Cancellations should be made at least 24 hours in advance so that your slot can be allotted to someone else.
Punctuality: Please come on time. Try to reach at least 10 minutes before the appointment. This will help you in getting familiarized with the clinic and being relaxed. Traffic in Dubai can be very slow. Do start from home early so that you have a lead time. We believe in providing our patients with the best possible treatment and for that, we require adequate time.
Food: Do not come on an empty stomach. Have a meal 2-3 hours before the procedure. Anaesthesia given for the root canal treatment may take about 2-3 hours to wear off. You may not be able to eat anything during this period.
Schedule: Be mentally relaxed for the entire procedure. Set aside enough time in your schedule for the root canal treatment. Although most root canals are completed in one and a half hours, keep yourself free for 2 hours. We are aware of how valuable your time is, but we do not want to be pressurized to finish a procedure fast because the patient has to rush back to the office. You don't have to undergo a root canal every day, so take it easy!
Smile: It isn't as bad as you think. That's what every patient tells us after the procedure!
After a Root Canal Treatment has been completed:
Do not eat anything until the anaesthesia wears off. This may take about 2-3 hours.
Do not drink anything hot till the numbness wears off. You may drink anything cold or room temperature degree.
Expect some discomfort in the treated tooth for about 2 -3 days. This discomfort is usually mild. Take the prescribed medication without fail.
Do not chew on the treated tooth till your dentist tells you it is safe to.
You can brush normally over the root canal treated tooth.
Normally after a root canal, we wait about 7-10 days to make sure the tooth is comfortable. After this period, a cap (crown) or onlay is put on the tooth. Failure to put a crown can increase the chances of tooth fracture.
Further Details About a Root Canal Treatment
To understand the procedure here is some basic knowledge about the anatomy of teeth.
A tooth is hollow, just like our bones, and is composed of several layers.
The layer above the gum-line is called the enamel, which is the hardest and most mineralized substance in the body.
Under the enamel is the middle layer called dentin. The dentin is about as hard as bone.
Beneath the dentin lies the innermost layer called the dental pulp. This is the soft inner mass of the tooth and is housed in a canal called the root canal.
Secondary source educational information gathered by the author.
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