What Happens During a Root Canal?

Posted By Szikman Dental Group, P.C. || 9-Oct-2015

When it comes to dental care, many people are frightened by terms like “cavity,” “gingivitis,” and “root canals.” However, many fail to realize that an experienced dentist can help eliminate these kinds of problems. Also contrary to popular belief, many of the processes that are used to help with these types of issues are painless and have a fairly short recovery time.

For some time, root canals have had a terrible reputation. They are said to be extremely painful. A skilled and patient dentist will be able to fix these issues in a timely and relatively painless manner. Furthermore, many individuals do not understand what happens to the tooth during a root canal. To begin, the dentist will carefully examine your teeth. If he/she sees that decay has severely damaged or killed the tooth, he/she will order a root canal.

Below is an explanation of the root canal process:

  1. The dentist will numb your mouth using a local anesthetic. This will remove feeling from the teeth, gums, and tongue. In some cases, nitrous oxide will be used to help reduce the patient’s pain and promote relaxation.
  2. The dentist will separate the corroded tooth from the patient’s other teeth. To do this, the dentist will use a rubber sheet that will stop liquid and tooth chippings from entering the throat.
  3. The dentist will remove the pulp from the tooth using a drill and other dental tools. He/she will then fill the inside of the tooth, below the gum line, with medications and temporary filling materials. After, a final root canal filling will be applied. This filling should prevent any infections from occurring.
  4. In many cases, a permanent filling or cap may be necessary. If a crown is necessary, the dentist will remove the decay and make an impression of the tooth. The dentist will use this impression to form a crown that matches the shape of the drilled tooth.
  5. The tooth may receive a temporary crown until the permanent crown is formed and cemented.

After the procedure, numbness may continue for a couple of hours until the medication wears off. To help you cope with soreness, you may be prescribed pain medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

The Dentists at Szikman Dental Group, P.C. Can Help

Since 1978, the dentist at Szikman Dental Group, P.C. has created beautiful smiles for a countless number of people. We do not only care about your confidence, we genuinely care about your health. Whether you are facing minor problems such as a cavity or are considering cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening, our team can help you!

Don’t wait to get the dental attention that you need; take care of it today! Call Szikman Dental Group, P.C. to schedule your appointment.

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