A root canal treatment generally involves the removal and replacement of a tooth's pulp. The pulp is soft tissue containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue within root canals of a tooth.
The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. The dentist will then create an opening into the canal. They will then be able to remove infected tissue and clean the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space if filled with a sealant called gutta percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is restored with a crown. This will improve the appearance of the tooth, and will also make it much more likely that the root canal is successful.
At most offices the root canal treatment would be done in TWO appointments however at our office it is now possible to have the procedure done in ONLY ONE APPOINTMENT with advanced technologies. This has the advantage of only being NUMBED ONCE and means missing LESS work, school or family time.
"Root canal" has become a scary term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made it much less "scary". Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain in most cases. There may be some soreness following the procedure, but that is normal for most dental procedures. Over the counter painkillers are usually enough to relieve any pain afterwards, but your dentist may prescribe medication. The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard. If you are experiencing pain consult your dentist today.