MANY COMMON DENTAL procedures are a mystery to the average person, but knowing a little more about them might help patients who have dental anxiety because they don’t know what to expect. Here’s the step-by-step process of root canal treatment.
A Guided Tour Through Root Canal Treatment
- Step 1: Reviewing previous X-rays and performing a visual inspection of the tooth.
- Step 2: Numbing the area with a local anesthetic so the procedure will be pain-free.
- Step 3: Placing a dental dam to protect and isolate the tooth.
- Step 4: Using a special drill to create an opening in the top of the tooth to expose the pulp.
- Step 5: Removing the diseased pulp from the pulp chamber and root canal.
- Step 6: Cleaning the inside of the tooth and preparing it to accommodate a filling.
- Step 7: Applying antimicrobial medication to the inside of the tooth to prevent infection.
- Step 8: Filling the tooth with a rubber-like material.
- Step 9: Placing a temporary filling to protect the tooth from food and debris.
What Comes Next?
In many cases, there will be a gap between the treatment and when the permanent filling or crown can be placed. The tooth may be sensitive for a few days, so avoid chewing on that side and use over-the-counter pain relievers to manage any discomfort.