Root Canal Procedure
Root Canal Procedure
People often fear visiting a dental clinic as many believe that it would be a painful experience. These preconceived notions lead people to avoid their routine dental check-ups and cleanings which ultimately results in dental problems such as cavities, pain and tooth loss, gum disease, and other serious problems.
When a cavity is left untreated, it often turns into a larger issue and becomes a root canal. A root canal is considered one of the best options to save an infected tooth. It is falsely perceived as an immensely painful procedure; however, it’s actually a painless procedure as local anesthesia is used to make the mouth numb during the treatment, just like you would have done for a filling.
During a root canal, your tooth is numbed then the infected area, which is also known as nerve or the root portion of the tooth, is cleaned. The canal is filled with a stable material and sealed. After treatment, your tooth structure is weakened and may need a crown. This process ensures that your tooth is strong enough to function smoothly.
Many people have agreed that the root canal process in our office is stress free, and may save your tooth, enabling you to speak and chew normally.
What is Endodontics in dentistry?
Endodontics is the dentistry specialty that deals with the study and treatment of dental pulp and tissues nearby the roots of a tooth. “Endo” stands for “inside” and “odont” stands for “tooth” in Greek.
What are endodontic services?
Endodontic services include:
- Root canal treatment
- Endodontic surgery
- Endodontic retreatment
- Dental implants
- Traumatic dental injuries
How long does it take to heal after a root canal?
Root canal treatment is always performed under local anesthesia. After the procedure, you can expect mild discomfort as the anesthesia wears off, especially if inflammation or swelling was initially present. The discomfort is temporary and can be relieved with various over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
What happens during a root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment involves the removal of the nerve and pulp within the tooth to save it from further decay. Then, the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed to prevent infection. The treatment thoroughly disinfects the affected tooth so that it can function normally. Without treatment, the tissue that surrounds the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.