The canal, which is the root of the tooth, is made up of a group of tiny passageways that branch off beneath the top of the tooth. The passageway moves down into the canal until it reaches the root tip. When infections occur in the inner chamber of the tooth called the “pulp,” it needs to be removed to prevent the infection from spreading to other healthy parts of the tooth. This procedure is called a root canal.
Root canals are used to save a tooth that would otherwise require extraction. This treatment is necessary when there is a large amount of damage or decay in the pulp of the tooth. Patients in need of a root canal are usually already in substantial pain deal of pain or discomfort daily.
Prior to the actual root canal treatment, X-rays of the infected tooth are taken. You’ll be given a local anesthetic to numb the area. Dr. Dhayni then places a small protective “dental dam” inside the mouth to minimize saliva in the area during the root canal. The next step is to make a small opening in the top of the tooth to clean out the infected pulp. The dentist performs this with delicate instruments. Once the infection is cleared, a temporary filling is used to close the hole. A second visit is then scheduled during which a permanent crown is placed over the tooth.
You shouldn’t bite or chew on the treatment area until you receive a permanent cap. There might be some minor pain following root canal treatment, but over-the-counter medications should provide sufficient relief. Oral hygiene remains essential, with both daily flossing, and brushing twice a day.
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