The Ins and Outs of a Root Canal Procedure

The Ins and Outs of a Root Canal Procedure

Why Would You Need a Root Canal?

Root canals, or endodontic treatments, can become necessary when the soft tissue in the canal of the tooth called the pulp becomes infected or inflamed. Inflammation and infection can occur due to injury, decay that has gone deep in the tooth, repeated dental procedures to the area, or broken or chipped teeth. If the pulp remains untreated, you will experience pain in the area and possibly eventual loss of the tooth.

A root canal and restoration can often save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted and replace it with a crown that can function and look just like your other teeth.

1. Dr. Yacoub will take X-rays to guide them during the procedure
2. The area will be numbed with anesthetic
3. Your tooth receiving the root canal will be isolated by covering the rest of the area with protective dental dam
4. Dr. Yacoub will put an opening in the crown of your tooth
5. Using a set of graduated files and other tools, Dr. Yacoub will clean the pulp and root canal areas removing all infection and inflammation
6. Dr. Yacoub will fill the cleaned canals with a rubber-like material mixed with a dental cement to fill in and seal off the root canals
7. A temporary filling will be placed to fill in the extra space at the top of the tooth

You will be sent home with the temporary filling and return to your dentist to begin restorative procedures.

During your next visits Dr. Yacoub will:
1. Make a mold of the area to get the shape for the crown
2. Determine what shade will be best to match your other teeth
3. Once the crown is completed Dr. Yacoub will see you again, remove the temporary filling and attach your new crown

What Can You Expect After a Root Canal?

Until your final restoration is complete, the temporary filling will be susceptible to damage so you should not chew or bite down in the area where your temporary filling is. You will not experience much pain or swelling after a root canal, and the pain that you may experience can often be managed with over the counter anti-inflammatories.

During the restoration process, Dr. Yacoub will mold the new tooth to make sure that your bite remains the same, but it is normal for your restored tooth to feel a little awkward as you get used to it. If after a few days your bite feels off or you experience continued pain, you should contact Dr. Yacoub to see if further treatment or shaping is needed.

If you are experiencing pain and think you might need a root canal, contact Whitehall Family Dentistry today for an appointment.

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