A Root Canal Dentist Explains the Process

Root Canal DentistAs a local root canal dentist, we are in the business of saving infected teeth.  The root canal is the natural cavity that exists within the center of the tooth. Inside of this natural cavity, there is a soft area that is known as the dental pulp or pulp chamber, and the root of the tooth lies within the root canal. Sometimes the nerve of the tooth or the pulp becomes damaged, due to decay or some kind of trauma that leads to a multiplication of bacteria within the pulp chamber. Left untreated this buildup of bacteria can cause a severe infection or an abscess of the tooth itself, both of which are extremely painful and require a dentist's intervention. The process, of treating this condition, is known as a root canal and is one of the most common surgeries performed across the country today.

Understanding a root canal, and what we do when we are performing one, can go a long way to setting your mind at ease during the process itself. Many people fear dental surgery, so we want to make sure that you understand that this is one of the most routine surgeries we perform. The first step, to getting a root canal, is to have a series of x-rays. The x-rays serve a dual purpose. First, they tell us if there is a widespread infection that requires a course of antibiotics to cure, and second they give us a picture of the root which includes the shape and dimensions of the root canal itself.

As a root canal dentist, we will always start the procedure by giving you a localized anesthesia. In most cases, this is probably not required since the tooth may be dead. However, given that we do not want to have you experience any discomfort, the local anesthesia will completely numb the tooth and surrounding gums ensuring that you do not feel anything. Once you are completely numb, we will place a dental dam over the tooth. A dental dam is a rubber sheet which acts to prevent the tooth from having saliva or excessive moisture on it during the procedure.

The next step is to get to the actual root and clean it out the chamber and dental pulp. A small access hole will be drilled in the tooth itself, giving us the ability to reach the root. The root will be removed, and the infected pulp will be removed. A series of dental files, in increasing diameter, will be pushed into the cavity. This scrapes the walls of the root canal, making sure that all infected tissue is removed and that it is completely cleaned out. While this is going on the dental team will flush the cavity repeatedly with water or sodium hypochlorite, to remove any debris and keep it clean. Once we are satisfied that the root canal is completely free of tissue, we will seal the canal with a sealer paste and a rubber compound known as Gutta Percha to prevent a reinfection from occurring. Finally, the outer access hole will be covered with a regular tooth filling. If necessary, we will finalize the procedure by applying a dental crown to the tooth in order to protect it.  As a root canal dentist, we can do all of this while ensuring your comfort.

Recent Posts

Signs That You Should Visit A Root Canal Dentist

Many patients are unsure if they need to see a root canal dentist but are concerned about the health of their teeth or are experiencing tooth pain. It is important to keep in mind that most dentists can perform a root canal but by visiting a specialist, your level of care can improve.  As with…

Diabetes And Dental Issues

Lack of blood glucose control, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol can be the dominant causes of diabetes. This disease stems from causes that can affect all parts of the human body including dental health.Diabetes has a close relationship with various diseases other than dental health and it can be the lead cause of cardiovascular…

Dental Pain And Finding An Emergency Dentist

Finding an emergency dentist for those intense periods of dental pain can feel like a difficult task to many. Almost every adult has experienced dental pain in their lifetime. This ambiguous condition can be caused by various factors, and the origin can often be difficult to pin down. Intense dental pain can be distracting and…

How To Stop Dental Erosion

Dental erosion is often hard to prevent or avoid because it can be caused by any number of things. It is typically caused by wear and tear on the teeth from cavities or poor oral hygiene. Dental erosion is harmful to the teeth and can present a number of dangerous risks over time.While dental erosion…

Recent Posts

Why An Oral Cancer Screenings Are Important For Tobacco Users

Why An Oral Cancer Screenings Are Important For Tobacco Users

Oral cancer screening is important and allows patients to catch any complications in the early stages, allowing them to take proper action for their long-term health. By understanding more about what an oral cancer screening includes and when a dentist recommends it, you can make a decision on whether or not it is right for…

Scaling And Root Planing: Non Surgical Gum Disease Treatment

Scaling And Root Planing: Non-surgical Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease is something that can present many problems for someone on a day-to-day basis and in the long term. Thankfully, periodontists have come up with great ways to treat the gums when they are diseased. One of the most common forms of treatment is called scaling and root planing, which can reduce and remove…