What Are Root Canals And How The Procedure Is Done
If you have visited a dentist before or have regular visits to the dentist then you might have heard of the term root canal. A root canal is a Werribee dental procedure where a damaged tooth has the nerve and pulp removed and the inside of the tooth sealed. Root canal’s are done by specialists known as endodontist. Now from the sound of it a root canal procedure might sound scary and painful but fear not as due to modern medicine this procedure is painless. Due to modern medicine and efficiency you won’t feel a thing and this process can be done in no more than two trips to the dentist.
I will provide the following guide to root canals so you understand what it really is and what to expect when getting treated.
When are root canals needed?
A root canal is needed when the pulp inside the tooth are affected. The pulp becomes infected with bacteria. The pulp can become infected with bacteria due to cavity or an injury. If you don’t get treated in time the tooth can become to infected and will have to be removed and not to mention the pain that comes with a badly infected tooth. If you are in pain book an appointment immediately with your dentist.
How root canals are performed
- The dentist will insert local anesthesia through a syringe. It might sting but it will numb the area. A dental dam might also be inserted in order to keep the tooth clean.
- In the next step the endodontist will drill a hole in the top of your tooth and create an opening. Then the endodontist will use tools to clean away the broken tooth pieces and the pulp. An antibacterial solution will also be applied to kill off any remaining bacteria.
- After the inside of the tooth is cleaned and dried it’s time for the filling. The top of your mouth where a hole was drilled will be filled with temporary filling as the permanent one comes later.
- Some days later the final part of the treatment comes. A permanent crown will be placed on the top part of your tooth.
The after care is a critical part. It is very important to take proper care of your tooth after treatment.
Firstly before the permanent crown is placed avoid chewing from the side of the tooth that was treated. Eat soft foods to prevent any damage. Avoid foods that are hard to chew.
You will still need to brush after the procedure therefore brush gently. You need to prevent any damage that can be caused to the treated area
To treat pain after the procedure over the counter medicines work great for instance Ibuprofen.
I hope you now have a good understanding of what root canals are and I have rid of any anxieties you might have if you need to get the procedure done.