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What to Expect During Root Canal Treatment?

Posted on 1/23/2023 by Dr. Nick Raptou
What to Expect During Root Canal Treatment?A root canal is able to preserve the natural tooth thus preventing the need for an extraction. It is a procedure that dentists perform when a tooth infection or damage reaches the pulp, causing the blood vessels and nerves as well as the connective tissue to deteriorate or die off. Failure to treat pulp infection can allow the infection to spread deeper, reaching and destroying the jawbone.

What to Expect

A dentist removes the infected or decayed pulp from the tooth and cleans the root and nerve. After that, the dentist seals the areas to help combat new decay from arising.

A dentist obtains images of the tooth, including the affected root and tissue. The dentist will use a local anesthetic so that you won't have any pain as the procedure is happening. A dental dam that the dentist places in the area protects the tooth from bacteria and saliva, keeping it clean while performing the procedure.

A tiny hole is created in the crown to allow the dentist to use small tools to clean out the infected tissue and dead pulp. Once the cleaning is done, the dentist preps the space for filling. Using a special dental material and bonding cement, the dentist fills and seals the canal.

How to Prevent Root Canal

Brushing and flossing is the foremost thing you should do to help prevent a root canal treatment. Regular visits to the dentist are also paramount because the tooth is cleaned to ward off bacteria, acids, and plaque. Besides, you have to minimize sugar consumption since it leads to cavities. If you have sharp pain, swollen gums, sensitivity, or perhaps a loose tooth, you should not wait longer.

Come to us for a mouth inspection to establish the possibility of a pulp infection. Once we confirm that the pulp has been attacked by an infection, we see if a root canal can eradicate it and save the tooth.

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