Root canals are one of the most dreaded dental procedures! However, we would like to dispel some myths surrounding root canals. At our Richmond Dental Clinic we have performed countless root canals over the years safely and effectively. If you are scheduled for an upcoming root canal, read on to learn why you have nothing to fear.
What is a root canal?
When there is infection present in the root and pulp of a tooth a root canal is needed to clear away the infected pulp and restore the tooth. During a root canal inside of the tooth is cleaned and the tooth is sealed with a filling. Since the tooth will be significantly weakened is it recommend that a patient get a crown to help strengthen and restore the tooth.
The root canal process
Most people are afraid of root canals because they think that the procedure will be painful. In truth, a root canal should be no more uncomfortable than a regular filling. Your dentist will begin by freezing the area with a local anesthetic. He or she will ensure that your tooth is completely frozen before beginning the procedure. Your dentist will usually begin by placing a rubber dam around the tooth being treated to protect it from saliva.
Your Richmond dentist will make an opening in the tooth using dental instruments to reach the infected root and pulp. He or she will then remove the pulp and clean the area to remove bacteria. If at any time during the process you begin to feel discomfort it is possible to inject more freezing into the area. After the canal has been cleaned, your dentist will fill the canal with a composite filling.
After your root canal
Some pain and sensitivity may be felt for some time after a root canal, but this is generally less than the discomfort you would have likely felt with the infection. Your dentist will likely recommend over the counter or prescription medication to help with any pain or discomfort after the root canal.
Since your tooth will be weakened it is recommend you get a crown as soon as possible. A crown is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure.
If you have any questions about root canals, please contact our Richmond dental clinic.