The reason to get a root canal is to rescue a badly infected tooth. The procedure our dentist will perform will be to expunge bacteria and infection from dying tissue in the interior of the tooth. Untreated, the bacterial infection may become so serious that the tooth must be extracted.
Contrary to horror stories about root canals of the past, modern methods and technology have evolved root canal surgery to the point where its treatment is sufficiently comfortable and, at most, require two trips to the dentist or endodontist.
Normally, root canals are suggested by dentists when the pulp deep inside the tooth is severely compromised. According to the American Association of Endodontists, there are typically four steps to root canal treatment.
These are the basics of how a root canal is performed:
Step 1: First, a local anesthetic will be administered using a needle in order to numb the tooth and surrounding tissue so there is no pain during the procedure. Although, initially you may feel what is described as a “pinch” where the shot enters the gum tissue. Once numbed, the dentist might use a small piece of rubber (called a dental dam) to keep the tooth isolated and clean during the operation.
Step 2: Next, using a drill or laser, your dentist will create an opening in the tooth where he can access and clear away the infected portions centered inside the tooth creating a hollow space. Once pristine, he may also saturate the clean chamber with medicine to ensure that any left-over bacteria is completely eliminated.
Step 3: Now that the area is perfectly antiseptic and dry, our dentist will fill the space with a material that is rubber-like in texture. Then, a temporary filling will cap the opening until the permanent crown is made.
Step 4: Lastly, usually within a few weeks, the treatment will end with a second trip to your dentist where he will place a permanent crown on top of the tooth.
Dr. Sandra L. Parker has performed many root canals. Our dental office is proud to have a wide variety of cutting-edge technology available to treat our patients. These state-of-the-art tools enhance the accuracy and proficiency of our work.
If you have any questions, please contact us at 714-289-0421, or make an appointment at our office in Anaheim, California.