What to Expect from a Root Canal

Root canal therapy is one of dentistry’s most misunderstood procedures. At Horizon Family Dental Care, we aim to provide clarity and confidence about this essential treatment. Our experienced team works hard to provide top-notch care throughout your visit. 

A root canal is a dental procedure designed to treat infection or damage within a tooth's pulp and help relieve pain.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure designed to treat infection or damage within a tooth’s pulp. Patients often fear root canals due to myths and misconceptions. However, the procedure often alleviates pain rather than causes it. Our skilled dentists remove infected tissue, clean the tooth’s interior, and seal it to prevent further issues.  

Initial Consultation and Assessment

Your journey toward a healthier smile begins with an initial consultation and exam. Our dental team will conduct a thorough examination, including X-rays, to diagnose the issue accurately. We discuss the treatment plan in detail, ensuring you feel informed and at ease.


During the root canal procedure, our dentists prioritize your comfort. We use local anesthesia to help reduce pain and discomfort. Most patients report feeling pressure while in treatment, but few report pain. If you do experience pain, let your dentist know right away. They can stop treatment and check to ensure that the anesthesia has taken proper effect.

Drilling and Removal

With the area numb, the next step is to drill a hole in your tooth. The hole is often small, just enough to allow specialized extraction tools. These tools help your dentist remove the infected pulp and clean out diseased tissue within your tooth.


After the pulp is removed, your dentist will clean and seal the affected area using a biocompatible material similar to filling a cavity. While this material can protect against further infection, it’s often not enough to fully preserve your tooth. Your dentist will likely recommend getting a dental crown post-treatment for optimum protection.

Post-Root Canal Care Instructions

Following the procedure, you might experience some discomfort. Your dentist may prescribe medications to alleviate pain. Simple home remedies like rinsing with warm salt water could relieve pain. Always follow our specific care instructions for the best results.

At Horizon Family Dental Care, we understand the anxiety many patients feel regarding root canal therapy. Our dedicated team commits to providing compassionate, expert care at every stage of the process. If you experience any symptoms or believe you might need a root canal, contact us today to schedule your consultation. Let us help you preserve your smile and maintain your dental health for years.