Need a Root Canal? Here is a Step-by-Step Guide on What to Expect
You have recently learned one of your teeth needs a root canal. A root canal is necessary when a tooth is infected and will not heal on its own. Although you may be a little nervous, we can assure you that if we have recommended a root canal, it is the right step to take for your dental health.
A lot of people are intimidated when they hear the word “root canal,” but at our dental office, there is no need to be afraid. To help ease any concerns you may have, here is a step-by-step explanation of the procedure.
Step 1: Preparing your mouth and tooth. One of the main misconceptions about root canals is that they are painful. We completely numb the tooth and surrounding tissues with local anesthesia to ensure you will be comfortable during the procedure. We isolate the affected tooth creating a sterile environment while we work. We then access the inside of the tooth — the pulp and root canals — by drilling a small hole through the surface.
Step 2: Cleaning, shaping and filling the tooth. Once we have gained access, we will clear out all of the dead or dying tissue from the pulp and root canals, and then cleanse the empty chamber and canals thoroughly with antiseptic and antibacterial solutions. Once we have cleaned everything out, we will shape the walls of the tiny root canals to better accommodate a filling material, which we then use to fill the canals and pulp chamber.
Step 3: Sealing the tooth from re-infection. Once we complete the filling, we will seal the access hole and temporarily close the tooth with another filling. Later, we will install a permanent crown that will give the tooth extra protection against infection, as well as restore the tooth’s appearance.
A few days after the root canal procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort, which is manageable with aspirin or ibuprofen.
Posted on: Monday, October 1, 2018
Last modified on: Monday, October 1, 2018