A root canal is a procedure that is carried out when a tooth becomes severely decayed or infected and is facing necrosis. The goal of this procedure is to save the tooth and prevent further damage from occurring. Knowing what to expect from this procedure will help individuals to have a greater level of peace of mind.
What Is a Root Canal?
Root canal procedures are carried out by Amazing Smiles Family Dentistry. The procedure involves creating an opening in the tooth and removing the infected and decayed material inside. Often, the soft tissue inside the tooth becomes diseased, it needs to be removed to stop the progression of the infection.
The procedure is carried out under a local anesthetic, so individuals do not need to be worried about feeling any discomfort during their procedure or immediately after. Most people liken this procedure to that of a filling and only experience a minor degree of soreness.
What Can Patients Expect?
Root canals sound scary, but they are really not. These procedures are straightforward and can help a person keep their teeth and prevent further damage. The process will typically last around an hour.
Once the tooth is opened, the dentist will go to work to remove the pulp and clean out the root canals. These canals are cleaned using special canal files. Cleaning out the canals also involves shaping them and ensuring all traces of diseased tissue is gone.
If the individual is suffering from a tooth infection, the tooth will need to be packed with medication and treated before it can be sealed. It is important the infection is cleared so it will not continue to cause problems for the patient.
Once the infection is cleared, a hard sealant will be placed on top of the tooth. This makes the crown of the tooth much harder and stronger so it is less likely to become damaged. A crown can also be put in place to ensure the damaged tooth is protected.
Those who are in need of a root canal should call the office today to schedule. Allow them to take care of all your oral health needs.