A root canal is a common dental treatment that aims to save a severely infected or damaged tooth. The procedure is carried out by removing the damaged portion of the teeth, known as the pulp.The pulp is the soft tissue inside your tooth which also contains nerves and blood vessels, which are essential to the development of the tooth’s roots. A root canal becomes necessary when the pulp gets damaged by deep cavity, trauma or cracking.
What happens during a root canal?
If your dentist has told you that you need a root canal, then you’re probably wondering what to expect. There are several steps in carrying out a root canal procedure.
If your dentist has already decided that you need a root canal, then chances are you have already undergone an X-ray to determine where the decay or infection is. Before the actual procedure, local anesthesia is applied to the affected tooth. The anesthesia numbs the area so that you feel pressure during the procedure but not actual pain.
Next, an incision is made in the tooth root and the infected pulp is removed. This step is called pulpectomy. The final step of the procedure is the filling the root where the pulp was removed. A filling material called gutta-percha is used followed by cement.
What should you do after a root canal?
A root canal can successfully restore your tooth with long-lasting effect. However, it’s still crucial that you exercise proper care after your procedure. This means observing good oral hygiene by regularly brushing and flossing your teeth. It’s also advisable that you avoid chewing hard foods as these can affect the root canal.
If you think you may be in need of a root canal, then get in touch with us to book a consultation!