Root Canal is a Dental Procedure that we follow to remove the soft centre of the tooth that is called Pulp. Pulp helps the tooth grow. It is made of Nerves, Connective Tissue and Blood Vessels. After applying Local Anesthesia we will perform Root Canal.
When do you need a Root Canal?
When the soft part of your tooth which is called Pulp, is injured or becomes inflamed or injured, we perform a Root Canal.
The crown of the tooth that you see above your gums can remain intact even if your pulp is dead or infected. To maintain the structure of the tooth removing injured or infected pulp is the best way.
Common reasons of damage to the pulp:
- A deep decay caused because of an untreated cavity.
- Multiple dental procedures are performed on a same tooth
- Chipped or cracked tooth
- An injured tooth (If you get hit in the mouth your tooth may get injured; If the injury doesn’t crack the tooth the pulp can still be damaged)
How do we perform a Root Canal?
Step 1: Anesthetic
When you’re appointed for a Root Canal firstly we will place a small amount of numb medication around your affected tooth. Once it has taken effect, we will inject Local Anesthesia into your gums. You may feel a burning sensation, but for a very short period of time. You will stay awake during the procedure, but won’t feel any pain because of Anesthesia.
Step 2: Removing the pulp
When your tooth gets numb we will make a small opening in the top of the tooth. When the damaged pulp is exposed we will remove it with the help of a special tool called Files. Then we will clean all the pathways which we call canals, in your tooth.
Step 3: Antibiotics
When the infected Pulp is removed we will put some topical Antibiotics to make sure that the infection is gone and it never gets infected again. Once the Canals are cleaned we will fill the tooth and seal it with a sealer paste and rubber like material that is called Gutta-Percha. In some cases, we suggest Oral Antibiotics.
Step 4: Temporary filling
What happens after a root canal?
Root Canal is a restorative procedure. Most people who go through a Root Canal are able to enjoy positive results for the rest of their lives. Still, the way you take care of your teeth decides how long results last. As the rest of your teeth depend on your Oral Hygiene habits, your tooth that was restored also requires regular brushing and flossing for longevity.
Follow-up after your root canal
When the numbing medication wears off your tooth and gums might feel sore. Your gums may swell also. Most of the time we treat these symptoms with over-the-counter pain medications like Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Advil). If the pain becomes extreme or lasts for more than a few days Contact Us.
The day after the procedure you should be able to resume your normal routine. Don’t chew with the newly restored tooth until it’s filled permanently or a crown is placed over the top.
You’ll have to pay us a visit within a few days of the root canal. We will take X-rays to make sure that there’s no infection. And then we’ll replace the temporary filling with a permanent filling.
We prefer you to place a permanent crown on the tooth. After the procedure, it may take you several weeks to get used to how the tooth feels. This is very normal and nothing to worry about.