What to Expect During Your Root Canal (Part 2)

Did you read our first part about what you can expect during your root canal in our blog last week?

Read below for part two of our two-part series on the procedure.

What takes place during the actual root canal procedure?

Once the area around the affected tooth is anesthetized, your dentist will drill an access hole into the tooth so that he will be able to remove the pulp, bacteria, decayed nerve tissue, and other, related debris from the tooth.

Your dentist cleans out your tooth by using root canal files, a series of tools of increasing diameter that your dentist places in the access hole, eventually working down the full length of your tooth in order to scrub and scrape the sides of the root canals.

Your dentist seals the tooth once he ascertains that it’s been cleaned thoroughly (some dentists prefer to wait a week before sealing a tooth, just to make sure it doesn’t become infected inside).

Should the root canal need to be continued on a second day, your dentist probably will place a temporary filling in the access hold in order to keep out saliva, food and other things that could contaminate the tooth.

What happens at my next appointment?

Once the tooth is sealed, your dentist will place paste and a compound made of rubber called gutta percha inside the tooth in the root canal. He will place a filling in the access hole he made at the beginning of the procedure.

There’s a chance your dentist will work to further restore the tooth. Teeth that need root canals often have considerable decay or large fillings. Your dentist may place a crown, a crown and post, or perform another type of restoration on the tooth in order to protect and return it to full functionality.

What can I expect after the procedure?

The pain you felt prior to your root canal should be gone. Your tooth may be sensitive right after the procedure due to inflammation of the tissue (this is completely natural and expected). Any discomfort probably can be controlled with the use of OTC medications such as naproxen or ibuprofen.

How successful are root canal treatments?

The root canal procedure is 95 percent effective and any teeth on which you have the procedure done should last you the rest of your life. What’s more, no one should be able to look at your mouth and know that it was done.

For more information on root canals, contact Plano dentist Dr. Darren Dickson by phone or via e-mail at [email protected].

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