Many people are afraid that root canal treatments will be painful, but in fact, a root canal is performed in order to relieve pain. Root canals are needed when a tooth experiences severe decay and infection. This often causes intense pain for the patient. If you aren't making those regular dentist visits, you are at a bigger risk for a root canal since you won't be able to catch and treat cavities before they become more serious.
Once tooth decay reaches the inside of your tooth, it's too severe to fill with a regular dental filling. It can also cause an infection in the pulp of your tooth, which can be a source of pain in some patients. Once the decay has reached this point, a root canal is necessary in order to save the tooth.
Root Canal Procedure
Here is what you can expect during your root canal procedure:
- Anesthetic: Your dentist will start the procedure by applying an anesthetic to the affected area to help prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure. This is typically done with a combination of topical anesthetic agents and a shot. While many people are afraid of the procedure, this step actually makes it so that you won't feel any pain.
- Access: The next step in the process is for your dentist to drill a hole to access the affected areas of your tooth. This will allow your dentist to fully reach the affected area of the tooth for treatment.
- Removing tissue: This is one of the largest parts of the procedure. Your dentist will use a series of files to remove the dead tissue and pulp from your tooth, as well as any decay that has built up. Since your dentist is removing the entire tissue inside your tooth, this includes the nerves that are inside the tooth, and therefore will relieve any pain that you are having.
- Cleaning: Before the tooth is filled and covered, your dentist will completely clean and disinfect the inside of your tooth. This ensures that no further decay or infection will form after the procedure is complete.
- Filling: Your dentist will then fill the inside of your tooth completely with a resin that will keep the tooth sturdy, and also prevents infection. Since there are several canals in your tooth where the pulp used to exist, we want to ensure that everything is filled up again with a material that will keep the tooth strong over time.
- Crown: The last step of your process will be to place a temporary or permanent crown. If your crown needs to be ordered, this can take time so your dentist will place a temporary crown until the real one can be seated. If you can have a same-day crown made, your dentist should be able to seat your crown right away. The crown protects your tooth, and it makes it look and feel like a natural tooth after the treatment is completed.
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