A Step-by-Step Look at Root Canal Treatment

MANY COMMON DENTAL procedures are a mystery to the average person, but knowing a...

MANY COMMON DENTAL procedures are a mystery to the average person, but knowing a little more about them might help patients who have dental anxiety because they don’t know what to expect. Here’s the step-by-step process of root canal treatment.

A Guided Tour Through Root Canal Treatment

  • Step 1: Reviewing previous X-rays and performing a visual inspection of the tooth.
  • Step 2: Numbing the area with a local anesthetic so the procedure will be pain-free.
  • Step 3: Placing a dental dam to protect and isolate the tooth.
  • Step 4: Using a special drill to create an opening in the top of the tooth to expose the pulp.
  • Step 5: Removing the diseased pulp from the pulp chamber and root canal.
  • Step 6: Cleaning the inside of the tooth and preparing it to accommodate a filling.
  • Step 7: Applying antimicrobial medication to the inside of the tooth to prevent infection.
  • Step 8: Filling the tooth with a rubber-like material.
  • Step 9: Placing a temporary filling to protect the tooth from food and debris.

What Comes Next?

In many cases, there will be a gap between the treatment and when the permanent filling or crown can be placed. The tooth may be sensitive for a few days, so avoid chewing on that side and use over-the-counter pain relievers to manage any discomfort.

And keep brushing and flossing!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
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