It’s pretty common knowledge that root canals are not a fun procedure to have done, but when it is performed right by experienced professionals, you might be surprised to find that it’s actually basically painless and long-lasting.
Regardless, you might be a little nervous and are unsure of what to expect when you come in for your root canal procedure. That’s completely understandable, but we can ease your mind a bit before you come in for your visit by giving you a glimpse of what’s ahead.
The First Steps
Once you come in for your scheduled root canal appointment, your dentist will go over the procedure with you and answer any questions you may have. Remember that no question is a stupid question, and your dentist is more than happy to help. The more relaxed you are, the easier it will be for you.
Root Canals in Action
Next, your dentist will numb the area they will be working on since they will be will working around the nerve. They will then use a rubber dam to isolate the tooth and keep it dry and clean as they work.
Now that the tooth is prepared, your dentist will begin drilling a hole through the infected tooth. This gives them access to remove all decaying nerve tissue and other debris. All of the remaining debris inside will then be flushed out and thoroughly cleaned out so it can be prepared to be sealed.
You’re Almost Done
After the bulk of the procedure is complete your dentist may immediately seal the tooth. This is completed by filling the canal with a sealing paste, and then it will be completed with a filling. Your dentist may also choose to do it at a later date in order to let it heal a little. If that’s the case, they will temporarily seal it with a temporary filling.
Once your tooth is completely sealed, your dentist may discuss the possibility of further action, such as a crown. They will also give you tips on how to care for your teeth after your root canal. Again, ask as many questions as you need!
However, if you want to avoid having to get root canals, make sure you go to your dentist regularly for your checkup and cleaning. Schedule your appointment with us today!