What Happens During a Root Canal Treatment?

Apr 01, 2020

The root canal consists of the live part of your tooth, which makes it very sensitive and crucial to the survival of a tooth. The inside of a tooth is usually hollow and within it is the pulp that stretches through to the roots and into the jawbone. The pulp is the soft part of the tooth that contains the nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. Any form of infection or trauma to this area puts you at risk of losing a tooth. However, with endodontic therapy your tooth can still be saved. Usually, root canal is the last resort to restore a severely decayed or abscessed tooth. The procedure can be performed by a general dentist or an endodontist. It involves removing the entire dental pulp and then filling and sealing the pulp cavity to keep off bacteria.

Why is the Pulp Removed?

You may be curious as to why the tooth pulp has to be removed and how this affects you. So, the nerves and tissues within the tooth are only essential before the tooth emerges through the gums. Thereafter these pulp’s only function is sensory, allowing your teeth to distinguish hot and cold sensations. This therefore means that even after the removal of the pulp, normal functions of your teeth will remain unaffected.

When the pulp or nerve of a tooth is damaged, bacteria begins to reproduce within the cavity leading to an infection of abscess. This results to symptoms such as swelling, pain, draining pus around the affected area and even bone loss may occur. In mild cases, fillings may be used but in severe or recurring cases, Mesa, AZ, Unique Dental Care is the best solution to ease the associated symptoms and allow normal function of a tooth.

What Does the Procedure Involve?

A comprehensive exam will first be conducted to confirm that endodontic treatment is really necessary. You will then be scheduled for treatment which may be completed in a single or multiple appointment, depending on the severity of your condition.

During the treatment, the dentist will numb your tooth and then create a rubber dam to keep the area dry. The tooth is then drilled to create an opening into the pulp cavity. The dentist will then use special files to clean out the root canal to remove all decay and bacteria. Once all the pulp has been removed, the dentist will medicate the inside of the tooth and fill it using a rubber material called gutta percha. The tooth will then be sealed and a dental crown will be prepared to fit over the tooth for additional strength.

If you have been scheduled for multiple appointments. After removing the pulp and cleaning the canal, your dentist will medicate the tooth and temporarily fill it as you await your next appointment for the process to be completed.

After Care Tips

To minimize complications and ensure speed up healing, here are tips you can observe after the procedure.

  • Avoid putting pressure on the treated tooth.
  • Continue with your oral hygiene routine but avoid being aggressive, especially on the treated area.
  • Make sure to have a dental crown fitted as soon as possible.
  • You can use over the counter pain medication as needed.
  • Consider adjusting your diet to softer foods as you give the area time to heal.
  • Report any alarming discomforts to your dentist and always observe all your appointments.

How Much Pain?

Before undergoing a root canal, most people are already in pain, and removing the nerve actually helps them feel better. You will be sedated during the treatment and thereafter you might experience tenderness in the area, but the initial pain will be gone. Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to keep off infections and advise you to take non-prescription pain medication if need be.

What to Expect After the Treatment?

Besides mild bruising and tenderness in the affected area, recovering from a root canal is fairly simple. Provided you follow the instructions from your doctor, complications are minimal and recovery is speedy. You will need to make follow-up visits for the dentist to evaluate your healing progress. You life should continue normally provided you healing is complete and you continue to properly care for your teeth.

If you are in the Mesa, AZ, Unique Dental Care is your one-stop clinic for all dental solutions including root canal therapy. Contact us today via 480-830-4455 or book your appointment now!

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