Root canal procedure is used when an infected tooth or a severely decayed tooth needs treatment. It contains removal of nerve and pulp, besides cleaning the inner side of the tooth.
After a root canal and removal of the nerves, the daily function of your teeth would not be affected but it instead keeps your teeth protected from any further cavity or abscess. Root canal procedure takes you one or more dental appointments and can be performed by an endodontist.
Do You Need A Root Canal?
How do you know you may need a root canal procedure? By following any possible signs that are listed below
- Unusual sensitivity after any hot or cold drink
- Harsh toothache while chewing
- Change in the color of a tooth (decoloration)
- Tooth swelling or repeated pimple on the gums
Note: Sometimes none of these mentioned symptoms call for a root canal. In this case, your dentist will use high-tech tools such as X-ray images to identify the depth of decay in your teeth.
What Is a Root Canal Dental Procedure?
In the first dental visit, the badly decayed or infected tooth would be diagnosed and prepared for receiving root canal treatment. Dentists usually start with an X-ray to check the shape of root canals and possible signs of the infection around the bone.
In the second step, they numb the area with local anesthesia to make you feel relax and comfortable as a patient. The pulp with bacteria will be removed in this step which is done by root canal files. Like other dental procedures, sodium hypochlorite is used to wash away the debris.
After the cleaning-out process, your tooth needs to be sealed. Some dentists ask you to wait for a week to make sure there would be no sign of infection in the interior side of your tooth by putting medicine inside it with a temporary filling.
During the second visit, a mixture of sealer paste and gutta-percha compound would be placed into your tooth’s root canal following a permanent filling to cover the exterior access hole created by your dentist.
In the end, a crown or other forms of restoration will be put on your teeth to prevent any harm like the risk of breaking. Any additional dental care or work would be discussed with you by your dentist.