A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected.
The purpose of a root canal is to remove the necrotic (or dead) nerve, blood vessels and bacteria in the pulp of the tooth with the goal of saving the tooth. Symptoms of tooth decay or infection include severe tooth pain when chewing and prolonged sensitivity to heat and cold. The pain is often unbearable until the problem is properly addressed.
Contrary to popular belief, a root canal, when done correctly, can be a pain-free experience. The dentist will use a local anesthetic which will help control the pain.
In most cases, root canals are effective for saving badly infected and severely broken teeth, although there are instances when the tooth is not salvageable. Even so, a root canal almost always alleviates pain and remedies the problem, even if the tooth can’t be saved.
Process of a Root Canal
During a root canal, the dentist will perform a “pulpectomy” which is the procedure in which the dentist removes all of the pulp from the tooth’s pulp chamber, removing it from the crown and roots.
Next, the dentist will start drilling out the nerve from the root canal. Don’t worry, it sounds scarier than what it really is. During this process, the tooth area will be numbed and most likely, you won’t be able to feel anything.
After the nerve has been removed, the dentist will clean the chamber by irrigation. If needed, the dentist will also file the remaining of the tooth.
Then, the dentist will proceed to fill out the area using a rubber-like material. this will be a permanent filling until you receive the permanent one.
After a few weeks, you should return to your dentist to have your permanent crown placed. Depending on the condition of the tooth, your dentist may need to place a small post inside the root chamber, to make sure the crown is more stable.
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