The Procedure of Root Canal Treatment
Many of you would have heard about root canal treatment but it is quite unfortunate that majority of people associate this procedure with an immense amount of pain and nothing else. The matter of fact is that this procedure is carried out for the purpose of saving a severely infected tooth. During this procedure, the bacteria and/or dying or dead nerves are removed from the inner part of the tooth. Surely this treatment tends to be painful due to the procedure it is based on but modern dentistry has made things pretty comfortable with the help of recent developments. The number of dental visits required for procedure is also reduced with this improved technology.
When does the need for this treatment arise?
When an infection occurs in the depth of a tooth, the need for root canal treatment arises. This infection may be due to an injury or a severe kind of cavity. If you are still ignoring the treatment, you may have to get your infected tooth removed entirely. However, a timely visit to dentist may save you from losing your tooth. The dentist may suggest a root canal treatment.
Procedure of root canal treatment
There are a few steps involved in a root canal treatment. Those steps are mentioned as under.
- The dentist administers anesthesia using a needle. This is for the purpose of numbing the tooth. When the tooth and area around it is numb, the dentist may place a dental dam, which is made of rubber sheet, around the tooth in order to keep the area clean and dry.
- In this step, the dentist will try to access the inner part of the tooth with the help of small tools such as small drill. The opening is created on the top of the tooth. The small files are used to clear away the infected part of the pulp. The files are also used to shape tooth’s inner chamber. At this stage, the dentist may use water irrigator to wash away any remnants of infected pulp. In order to kill any remaining bacteria in the tooth, antimicrobial solution may also be used.
- After thorough cleaning and drying of the chamber, the endodontist or dentist will fill it. The material used in this regard is usually a rubber-like substance which is also known as gutta percha. It is used to fill the tooth temporarily because you will need a crown for ultimate filling.
- After a few weeks, you will get a crown by your dentist. This would be the end of the treatment.
After the treatment is finished, you will need to make sure that you are taking good care of your oral hygiene. Moreover, you will have to be more careful about visiting your dentist according to schedule.