A root canal is not fun in any way, but for many patients, it is necessary to get this treatment done. Understanding the process and knowing what it entails can help because you’ll be better prepared and will know exactly what to expect.
What is root canal treatment?
In short, a root canal is a dental treatment in which an infection is removed from the inside of a tooth. During the procedure, the nerves are removed from the pulp of the tooth to relieve the patient from pain. This procedure is called endodontic therapy but is usually referred to as a root canal treatment.
What are the steps?
A root canal is the hollow section of a tooth that holds blood vessels, nerve tissue as well as other cells. Many people associate this treatment with a tremendous amount of pain although that is not always the case. The goal of this treatment is to help eliminate the pain you are experiencing. The treatment is normally done in three steps and can take anywhere from one to three sessions to complete in full.
Cleaning the root canal
The first step includes your dentist removing everything inside the root canal and cleaning it. Local anesthesia will be given to the patient so that the dentist can access the inside of the tooth through a small hole made on the surface of the tooth. This allows them to remove all of the diseased and dead pulp tissue.
Filling the root canal
The second step consists of shaping and decontaminating the hollow area through the use of tiny files as well as irrigation solutions after which the tooth is filled with a special material through an adhesive cement, which seals the canals completely. It’s important to know that after a root canal treatment, your tooth will be dead. The nerve tissue will be removed to eliminate the infection which is why you will no longer feel any pain whatsoever.
Adding a crown or filling
The third step is to add a crown or filling to provide protection and ensure the tooth is not fragile. Once this last step is complete, the patient can use the tooth as they did before and bite and chew as they normally would.
This procedure should only be done by a trained dental surgeon as it requires skill and the right knowledge to complete the treatment successfully. The treatment itself is not painful and any discomfort that you feel is actually due to the infection which this treatment will remove. The anesthesia will help numb the tooth as well as the surrounding area, so that the surgeon can complete the procedure without bothering the patient.
Root canal treatment itself is not painful and any discomfort that you feel is actually due to the infection which this treatment will remove. The anesthesia will help numb the tooth as well as the surrounding area, so that the dentist can complete the procedure without causing the patient discomfort.