Also known as endodontic therapy, root canal therapy is a dental treatment for getting rid of the infection from inside a tooth. Also, root canal treatment can protect the tooth from infections later on. It is performed in the tooth’s pulp, which is the root canal.
Here, Dr. Fadi Farhat shares what you should know about root canal treatment.
Root Canal – What Is It?
The root canal is a part of a tooth. This is the hollow section of your teeth that contains the blood vessels, nerve tissue, and other cells.
Your tooth has a crown and roots. The crown is found above the gums while the roots are situated below it. The tooth is attached to the jawbone by the roots.
Inside the root canal is the pulp, which nourishes the tooth and gives moisture to the environment material. The nerves in the pulp sense cold and hot temperatures as pain.
Endodontic therapy, meaning “inside the tooth,” is the name of the dental procedure often referred as a root canal.
3 Steps of Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is performed in three steps. Usually, it will take between one and three sessions to complete.
Step 1: Cleaning the Root Canal
Dr. Fadi Farhat will remove everything that is inside the root canal. If you are under local anesthesia, your dentist may make a small access hole on your tooth’s surface. Using small files, Dr. Fadi Farhat will then remove the diseased pulp tissue.
Step 2: Filling the Root Canal
Dr. Fadi Farhat will clean, shape and decontaminate the hollow area with irrigation solutions. After that, your tooth will be filled with a rubber-like material to completely seal the canal.
After the therapy, your tooth is dead since the nerve tissues and infection have been removed. Thus, you won’t feel any pain in that tooth.
Step 3: Adding a Filling or Crown
Your tooth won’t be as fragile as before. The tooth must receive its nourishment from the ligament attaching your tooth to the bone. Although this supply is adequate, there will come a time when your tooth will become brittle. Thus, a filling or a crown offers protection.
You would be advised not to bite or chew on the tooth until the filling or crown is complete.
The treatment may take one appointment. However, if there are multi-canals, curved canals, or large infections, it may take two to three appointments.
Is the Therapy Painful?
Most people think that this procedure is too painful. But with a trained Sterling Heights dentist, it should be painless. You will only feel the pain that comes from the infection, not from the treatment. Remember that the treatment doesn’t cause pain. Instead, it helps alleviate pain.
Some tenderness can be felt after the treatment, but this is just temporary. Also, an over-the-counter pain medication is enough to relieve it. If not, you will be prescribed more potent pain medications like codeine. You might also be prescribed an antibiotic to prevent or treat an infection. Here are some more blogs about your oral health.