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Jan
15

What Happens During a Root Canal

Posted in Root Canals

A root canal is a very common dental procedure performed to save a badly decayed or infected tooth.  Root canal therapy removes the pulp and nerves in the tooth, which are damaged, infected or inflamed due to severe decay.  In most cases the procedure is done under a local anesthetic, however patients with anxiety over the procedure or the dentist may be candidates for sedation dentistry, where they will be semi-conscience during the procedure.  In most cases two or more dentist visits are required depending upon the presence of an infection.

On the day of the procedure, the dentist will numb the area or administer sedation, in order to make the procedure as comfortable and pain free as possible.  A hole is then drilled into the tooth and a series of root canal files are inserted into the hole to remove the pulp and other materials.  The dentist will start with small diameter files and gradually increase the size of the file until all of the material in the tooth is removed.  Next the interior of the tooth will be cleaned and dried; however if there is an infection in the tooth, the dentist may place medicine in the tooth.

The next step is to seal the top of the tooth using either a temporary or permanent filing.  In many cases, root canals are done in conjunction with crowns, which are used to protect the tooth from further damage.  If a crown is required, additional dentist visits may be required.  Once the root canal is completed and the tooth protected, there is no reason not to expect the tooth to be worry free for years to come!

Posted on behalf of Mockingbird Dental

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