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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- The tooth may receive a temporary crown until the permanent crown is formed
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.