You don’t need to run away at the thought of a root canal! It doesn’t take working in dentistry to know that root canal treatment is one of the most feared dental procedures out there, but in fact, a root canal is a common, proven treatment that helps rather than hurts you! We want to shine some light on the steps of the procedure to let you know that it’s not something that should cause you worry or fear.
Before any dental work is done, it’s important to have an initial consultation. This is where we’ll have a discussion about what you’re feeling, your health history, and more, and where we’ll perform an exam and take necessary X-rays to get a more detailed look at what’s going on in your tooth. This means we’ll see how bad the tooth infection is and where exactly it’s located. These consultations allow us to make sure that a root canal is actually what’s in your best interest, and if so, plan your treatment around your unique situation.
Root Canal Procedure
Once you and our team have decided on the root canal procedure, it’s time for the actual treatment. Firstly, we properly numb the area so you don’t have to worry about discomfort while we work. If you’d feel more comfortable with additional dental sedation, we can discuss your options for that as well.
Next, we make a small hole in the infect tooth, through which we take out any damaged or diseased tissue from inside. Once all of that is gone, we’ll shape, clean, and fill the tooth as necessary to restore its strength and appearance. It’s as simple as that!
Before you leave our office, we’ll fit you with a temporary dental restoration to top the treated tooth and then bring you back once we have finished making you a permanent, natural-looking dental crown.
After your root canal procedure is over, we’ll give you all the information you need to enjoy a safe, speedy recovery. This includes avoiding hard or crunchy foods for a while, brushing your teeth gently, and taking pain relievers when necessary. If you ever have any questions at all about how your tooth is healing, we’ll be there to answer them!
As you can see, the root canal procedure isn’t some scary, complicated thing. We’re pinpointing the problem, getting rid of it, and saving your tooth along the way. More questions? Contact Dental Solutions today!