Root Canals: Eliminate Pain & Oral Infection, Plus What To Expect During the Root Canal Procedure
If you’ve never had a root canal, you may think it’s a painful procedure. This is a common misperception about root canals. If you need a root canal, it’s because you have a serious, painful infection inside your tooth. A root canal procedure at Forest Ridge Dental will take away the pain and the infection.
Unlike root canals decades ago, modern dental techniques make it easier for dentists to eliminate any bacteria from an infected root canal.
Here’s How Root Canals Work
Inside your tooth, you have soft tissue called pulp, which contains nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels. During a root canal, your dentist will remove the infected pulp. Once it’s removed, your dentist will clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth before filling it and sealing it.
Keeping your teeth healthy is important for your overall health. Having a root canal will allow you to chew properly and protect your other teeth from bearing too much wear or strain.
What to expect during a root canal
Your dentist will make sure you are completely numb to the root canal. Once you’re numb, your dentist will make a small opening in the crown of your tooth. This allows specialized instruments to remove any infected or inflamed pulp from the tooth.
Once the inside of the tooth is cleaned, your dentist will fill the canals with a material that seals the area. A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth until a permanent crown can be placed.
How long does a root canal take?
A root canal usually takes two appointments to complete. During the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed, the canal is filled and sealed. During the second appointment, you receive a permanent crown if the affected tooth is used for chewing.
Is a root canal necessary?
Yes. If your dentist recommends a root canal, have it done. The infection in your tooth can spread to other parts of your body.
If you are looking to have a root canal procedure done or if your dentist has recommended that you get it done, then schedule a dental visit at Forest Ridge Dental in Cameron Park. We are happy to walk you through our entire process, from preparation to what to expect during your visit.