Root Canal

First, let’s debug two common Root Canal myths:-

1. Myth: Root Canal is painful

Truth: With the use of proper anesthesia to numb the tooth and gum tissue, the procedure is for the most part painless. In fact many patients fall asleep through the procedure.

2. Myth: Root canal is not a permanent fix

Truth:  Root canals have a very high success rate. That said, following root canal, the tooth most often needs a dental crown. In many cases, when the patient stops feeling the pain in tooth, they don’t get a crown. If your doctor recommends you to get a crown, make sure and have the tooth crowned ASAP.

Root Canal: What is it?

A root canal replaces the infected pulp or damaged tooth with filling. Each tooth consists of a center with a soft tissue. This part is known as the pulp. This part connects to the root of the tooth in a pipe like form, thus giving it the term “root canal”. It is through this canal that the tooth receives its nutrition.  If the pulp of the tooth becomes infected or damaged beyond repair, a root canal treatment will be required. This procedure helps save the infected tooth.

How to know if a root canal treatment is required?

Here are some indications to watch for:-

Unprovoked and throbbing pain

Weakening or loosening of tooth

Swelling of gum surrounding the infected area

Tooth sensitive to hot and cold drinks, lasting  more than 10 seconds
Root Canal Treatment: Procedure

The first step involves the application of local anesthesia to the infected tooth and the surrounding gum area. Special precautions are used to make certain that the tooth is completely numb. Then, with the help of a special drill and other tiny instruments, the canal is thoroughly cleaned to extract the pus, bacteria and other remains.  The remaining pulp is also extracted. Throughout the procedure the canal is constantly cleaned with antibacterial solution. Then after the whole area gets disinfected and cleaned, the tooth is filled with a rubber based root filling (also known as gutta- percha) to prevent further infection and bacterial growth.

After that, the procedure is complete.

At our office, Dr. Badyal and Dr. Vann are able to perform most all of the endodontic treatments.  If the root canal requires a specialist, a reference will be given by our doctor to an endodontist.

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