Roots Endodontics, PLC, Brighton, Livingston County, Michigan – Dr. Mayank Vora, DDS

Instructions and FAQ


Root canals aren’t what they used to be! Contrary to age-old notions, modern endodontic treatment is very similar to having a routine filling and usually can be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. You can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment. Listed below are a few of the most commonly asked questions:

  • Why do I need a root canal?

    Root canal or endodontic treatment, is necessary when the tooth pulp (the “nerve”) becomes infected or inflamed. This inflammation or infection can have several causes: deep decay, trauma, repeated dental procedures on a tooth, or a crack in the tooth. Some of the indications of damage to the pulp include pain, discoloration of the tooth, sensitivity to hot or cold, and swelling or tenderness in the gums near the tooth. Occasionally root canal treatment is necessary even when there are no symptoms.

  • Are root canals painful?

    Root canal treatment may have a bad reputation, but it is undeserved; in this case it’s the disease that’s to blame and not the cure. In other words, the infection that makes the treatment necessary in the first place is what causes inflamed and sensitive tissue. Root canal treatment actually relieves this pain. With modern techniques and anesthesia, the vast majority of patients are comfortable during the procedure. Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen are usually enough to manage any post-operative sensitivity.

  • How long does root canal treatment take?

    Every tooth is different and the answer to this question depends on the technical difficulty in treating the root canal space. In general, root canal treatment takes between 45 and 90 minutes.

  • Post Treatment Care

    It is normal to feel some tenderness in the area for a few days after your root canal treatment as your body undergoes the natural healing process. You may also feel some tenderness in your jaw from keeping your mouth open. These symptoms are temporary and usually respond very well to over-the-counter pain/anti-inflammatory medications. It is important for you to follow the instructions on how to take these medications. Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your root canal treatment has been completed. However, if you have severe pain or pressure that lasts more than a few days, please contact our office.

  • Guidelines for Post-Treatment Care

      • Do not eat anything until the numbness in your mouth wears off. This will prevent you from biting your cheek or tongue.
      • Do not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored by your dentist.
      • Be sure to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.
      • The opening in your tooth was restored with a temporary filling material and it is not unusual for a thin layer to wear off in-between appointments. However, if you think the entire filling has come out, please contact our office.
  • Contact our office immediately if you develop any of the following:

    • Any visible swelling inside or outside your mouth.
    • An allergic reaction to medication, including rash, hives or itching (nausea is not an allergic reaction).
    • Your bite feels uneven.
  • Taking Care of Your Tooth

    Root canal treatment is only one step in returning your tooth to full function. A proper final restoration of the tooth is extremely important in ensuring long-term success.

    Contact your dentist as soon as possible to arrange your next appointment. If your tooth is being treated in more than one visit, do not return to your dentist for the final restoration until the root canal therapy is completed.