Are you experiencing tooth pain that just won't go away? Are you worried that your tooth may be beyond saving? Don't despair! The main goal of a root canal procedure is to remove infected or damaged tissue inside the tooth's pulp chamber. This area contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue that can become inflamed or infected due to deep decay, cracks in the tooth, or trauma. By removing this compromised tissue and disinfecting the area thoroughly, dentists aim to eliminate any potential source of infection and preserve the natural tooth structure.
The process of getting a root canal may seem daunting, but it is actually a relatively simple and painless procedure. It typically involves several steps that are designed to remove the infected pulp from the tooth and save it from extraction. First, your dentist will numb the area around the affected tooth with local anesthesia. This ensures that you won't feel any pain during the procedure. Once you're comfortable, they will place a rubber dam around the tooth to keep it clean and dry. Next, they will create an access hole in the top of the tooth using special dental instruments. Through this hole, they can reach into the inner chambers of the tooth, where the infected pulp is located.
Using tiny files, your dentist will carefully remove all traces of damaged or infected tissue from inside the canals of your tooth. They will then shape and clean these canals to ensure that no bacteria remain. Once this is done, your dentist may apply medication inside your tooth to eliminate any remaining infection and prevent further complications. In some cases, they may also insert temporary filling material to seal off the access hole until you return for a permanent restoration.
At a later appointment, after sufficient healing time has passed, your dentist will restore your treated tooth with either a dental filling or crown, depending on its condition and location in your mouth.
After undergoing a root canal procedure, proper aftercare and recovery are essential to ensure the success of the treatment. Here are some tips to help you navigate through this phase:
Remember, everyone's recovery experience may vary slightly based on individual factors such as overall health and complexity of the root canal procedure performed. If you have any concerns or questions during this phase, don't hesitate to reach out to your dental professional for guidance.
For more information, visit Allen Creek Family Dentistry at 6618 64th St. NE, Suite C, Marysville, WA 98270, or call (360) 651-2900.