What Happens During a Root Canal Procedure?

by | Nov 27, 2013 | Dentist

When most people hear they are going to need a root canal, they are often nervous. Most of the nervousness people feel is simply because they do not know what to expect from the procedure. If you are in need of a root canal, understanding the procedure can make a big difference in easing your mind and preparing you. Through the Dentist Scottsdale AZ, you will have the treatment your tooth needs so you can help to avoid further damage and tooth loss.

The procedure for a root canal first begins with the dentist making sure you are numb in the area you are having the procedure. Once the dentist is sure you are completely numb, he or she will make an opening in the top of the tooth. This opening is necessary to remove the soft inner tissue of the tooth and the nerve so any disease or infection can be removed. Since the nerve is not necessary in adult teeth, removing it will effectively stop the pain entirely.

Once all of the tissue and the nerve have been removed, the dentist will use canal files to carefully scrape the walls of the roots. This is to make sure there is no remaining infection or diseased tissue left in the tooth. Once the tooth has been cleaned, it will be packed with medication and temporarily filled to protect it until the infection is completely cleared.

If the infection is severe or moved into your jaw bone, you may need to take antibiotics orally. The dentist will make the decision on what further treatment you will require. Once the infection is completely gone, the dentist will have you come back in to have the tooth permanently filled. Once filled, you should have no more issues from the tooth and the procedure should prevent total tooth loss.

If you are in need of a root canal, watch this Dental Video to learn more. Through the offices of Feldhake & Associates, you can have the dental care you need, to keep your teeth as healthy as possible. They offer a wide range of dental services and will be glad to schedule you for a consultation.

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