A root canal is a common dental procedure that removes decay from the inner chambers of the tooth. This procedure helps protect the structural integrity of the tooth, preventing it from breaking. Root canals also relieve pain and sensitivity that can be caused by cavities. In the past, root canals were known to be painful, but with modern techniques and sedation, the procedure is no more uncomfortable than a typical dental cleaning.
How are root canals performed?
A root canal treatment is performed when a cavity or infection has caused damage to the nerve of the tooth. The treatment removes the damaged nerve and seals the tooth to protect it from further infection. An infection can lead to swelling, pain, and the spread of bacteria through the bloodstream to other areas of the body.
We will make a small hole in the tooth to access the pulp chamber where the infected pulp can be found. Using thin dental files, we will gently extract the decayed tissues and clean the cavity using a jet of water. Once done, we will fill the hole and place a dental crown on it so that it doesn’t crack or break under pressure.
Is a root canal painful?
Root canals have gotten a bad reputation, but they’re actually no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled. The root canal procedure involves removing the dead tissue from the tooth, cleaning the root canals, and filling them, so your tooth functions normally. Root canals relieve pain rather than cause it, and the procedure is often completed in one visit. We will administer local anesthesia to numb the tooth, surrounding gums, and the underlying jawbone as well.
What happens after a root canal?
After a root canal, your dentist will place a temporary filling in order to protect the tooth from damage. The tooth will be able to function normally, but sensitivity may be an issue. The tooth will be slightly sensitive, and it would be best if you eat soft foods and avoid hot or cold beverages.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Doubletake Dental, call (801) 225-1002 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 163 N 400 W St A1, Orem, UT, 84057.