If you’ve been reading, by now you hopefully understand that a root canal isn’t necessarily something you should be afraid. Of course, if you think you might have the symptoms that lead to the need for root canal treatment (severe tooth pain when you apply pressure or chew, swelling in your gums near the pain, darkened teeth, and intense sensitivity) – it is important to quickly get treatment.
In fact, if you’ve been dealing with a toothache and all of the above symptoms for a long time there might even be a need for a visit to the emergency dentist.
What’s involved with root canal treatment?
Typically, root canal treatment takes more than one visit to the dentists office. While the bulk of the procedure can generally be completed in one visit, there is often a need for a dental crown – which is typically added to the tooth after the tooth has had an opportunity to heal. This also gives your dentist the chance to ensure that all of the bacteria has been taken care of before sealing it with a crown.
- Your Tooth is Numbed: This is the part that ensures the whole procedure doesn’t hurt. First, a thin piece of rubber is stretched over the tooth to keep it clear of saliva. Then, your dentist will apply a numbing agent that takes effect almost instantly.
- Your dentist removes the pulp, all of it: Your dentist will use specialized tools to remove the nerve of the tooth and usually all of the pulp. Then, the root canal is totally cleaned out and shaped so that it can be fully and effectively filled – preventing the chance for infection in the future.
- Bring on the medicine: After the tooth is cleaned and prepared – your dentist will often inject medicine into the now empty chamber to make double sure that infection doesn’t remain.
- A temporary filling is added: With the tooth cleaned, disinfected, and filled – your dentist will finally add a temporary filling. Once complete, depending on how deep the infection went you might also be given an antibiotic.
- In the final stage of root canal treatment, the temporary filling will be removed, before the tooth is fully enclosed and restored with a dental crown.
Are you experiencing intense dental pain and sensitivity? You might need a root canal. If you’re a patient looking for a dentist in Orange County that does root canals, know this: our dentists have provided hundreds (and probably thousands) of successful root canal treatments. Have a question? Give us a call!