Most people think that root canal is a painful process. They hear the words “Root Canal” and automatically think that this is going to be something terrible. Today, we’re going to be talking about what exactly a root canal treatment is. Root canal, contrary to popular belief, is actually a procedure to be done that is going to relieve pain in your mouth.
Root canal is a procedure done by your dentist that cleans the inside of your tooth. This is what needs to happen when the inside of your tooth, also known as the pulp, becomes infected. Several reasons that this might happen include needing a crown, abscess, tooth decay, trauma, accidents, or cracked tooth/filling. You’ll notice that there is intense pain in your tooth, including sensitivity to hot or cold. There will also be swelling, soreness, and possibly discoloration.
If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, please call us immediately. There is a high chance that you may need a root canal procedure done.
So what exactly happens during a root canal?
First, you’ll get an x-ray done. This will allow us to see the extent of your infection. We’ll also get a good look at the entire tooth and root, giving us a full picture of what needs to happen.
You’ll also receive local anesthesia. Please let us know if you are allergic to anesthesia. This is to make sure that you are kept comfortable and in minimal pain during the root canal.
There will be a rubber sheeting that is placed around the tooth. This rubber sheeting helps keep the tooth dry. A rubber guard will also be included because we need to keep the saliva away from the tooth that is being worked on. This is all to prevent infection and to ensure your safety.
Then there will be an opening in the tooth that the dentist will create. We need to get to the inside of the tooth through this opening in order to clean the inside of the tooth. The infection will then be removed while the inside of the tooth is cleaned. After that, there will be a special filling inside the tooth. We have to fill the space where the pulp of the tooth was removed because this prevents further infections. This also ensures that your tooth is kept nice and strong.
You may need additional support inside the tooth as well. If your tooth does not have enough of its original structure, a post will be included. This makes sure that your tooth is able to stand on its own.
To finish the restoration process of your root canal, a crown will be added.
That’s the whole process of the root canal procedure. If you believe that you may be in need of root canal, please contact us at Gaston Dental Associates to receive a diagnosis first. We’ll then conduct the procedure and do a follow-up to ensure that you are well taken care of. The entire process may take a few visits, but will ensure that your teeth are well taken care of.