What Is Involved In Root Canal?
Experts recommend that you should see a dentist every six months. This will help to ensure your teeth remain healthy and it can even help to spot other health issues in your body.
There are many different aspects of general dentistry; these include fillings, filling removal, crowns, cleaning and, of course, root canal.
Many people shudder when they think of root canal as it appears to be the toughest of the dental practices and the one that everyone wants to avoid.
However, once you understand the process and reason for root canal you will realize that it is beneficial and does not have to be painful.
Reasons For Root Canal
The main reason why root canal will be necessary is that your tooth has become infected. This can be a result of a fracture cracking, a chipped tooth or even a broken tooth. Bacteria then enter the softer part of your tooth and start to eat it from the inside out.
Once the infection hits the nerve you are at risk of developing an abscess, which is usually very painful.
The Root Canal Process
The first step in root canal is to have a local anesthesia injected into the gum at the base or to the side of your tooth. This will numb the area allowing the dentist to do his work.
You will feel very little if anything after this.
The second step is for the dentist to clean the damaged and infected portion of your tooth. If it is cracked he will have easy access. If not he will drill a tiny hole in the top of your tooth and then use miniature files to remove all the damaged pulp inside your tooth.
Your dentist will usually irrigate the tooth at this stage with a saline solution to ensure it is fully clean. Following this they will squirt a small amount of antimicrobial liquid into the tooth to ensure all bacteria are killed.
Using the same small hole in the top of your tooth the dentist will then fill the inside cavity, preventing further decay. This is usually done with a rubber like material and a temporary filling placed on the top.
After a few weeks the dentist will verify that everything is okay with your tooth. At this point the temporary filling will be removed and replaced with a crown.
It is possible that a post will be slid into your tooth into the root to support the tooth and the crown, but this is not always necessary. You will need to consult with your dentist regarding this.
As a point of interest people who have already had several root canals completed generally say the procedure is completely painless. Those who have never experienced it describe it as painful!
It is also worth noting that you need to be extra attentive to your tooth after you have had root canal to make sure there is no infection. You might even want to have it X-rayed to ensure it is fully recovered.