What To Expect During a Root Canal Procedure

Root canals might be one of the most feared dental treatments out there, along with tooth extractions. However, despite the anxiety that most patients have about the treatment, root canals can actually be quite pain-free and can help restore your smile to the way you want it to be, in many cases.

During a root canal procedure, we are aiming to treat the pulp of a tooth that is dead or infected. The pulp is made of tissue, blood vessels, and nerves, and plays an important role in the health of our teeth. The pulp chamber continues down past the roots in your teeth into the surrounding bone. By treating or removing this tissue, we alleviate the potential for infection and the spread of bacteria.

Watch the video below to learn what the folks at Delta Dental have to say in regards to what you can expect during a root canal treatment.

Transcript:

“Root canal. Those two words may cause you to cringe, but with today’s technology and anesthetics, the process is relatively painless, just like your tooth will be after it’s done. So let’s learn what you can expect when you visit your dentist for a root canal procedure. The root canal is a space inside your tooth where the blood vessels and nerves sit. When the nerve is damaged or infected, it causes pain. First, your dentist will use an anesthetic to make the entire affected area numb. Your dentist will then remove the inflamed tissue and clean and shape the inside of the root canal. Finally, she’ll find and seal the canal with a temporary filling or crown. For a few days, you may fell some sensitivity, which can be relieved with over the counter medication. You’ll return within a few weeks to have a permanent filling or crown placed. The best news: with proper care, you won’t have to worry about that tooth causing you any further pain.”

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