A root canal treatment is a standard procedure in the world of dentistry. However, it is a somewhat invasive procedure that you’ll want to avoid as best as you can. Usually, the process is performed in either one or two visits (depending on the severity of the case). If you’re about to experience your first root canal treatment, do not be alarmed. There’s no doubt that it’s not fun, but your trained dentist will ensure that the procedure runs smoothly and without any problems. Here’s a step by step play of what will happen.
The dentist will perform an x-ray to ascertain the damage to the pulp. They will then administer an anaesthetic or oral painkiller, which will numb the tooth, making sure you don’t feel anything during the procedure.
Once the tooth has been numbed, your dentist will then place a small sheet over the area. This is called a “dental dam”, and its purpose is to keep the area clean and free of saliva, while the dentist is operating.
Next, the dentist will make a small opening in the crown of the tooth. He or she will begin cleaning out the infected pulp and shape the space within the tooth, making it suitable for a filling.
Afterward, your dentist will begin filling the root canal with an adhesive, synthetic material. This material is designed to ensure that the root is appropriately strengthened and able to fulfill its function. Once the source has been adequately compacted, your dentist will then insert a crown or restoration on top. This serves to protect the newly added root. If your tooth is unable to support the restoration in place, your oral hygienist will likely place a post inside the tooth.