Root canal therapy (also called a root canal) is done when decay or fracture of the tooth’s crown damages or has already killed a tooth. During a root canal, a dentist isolates and removes the pulp tissue from the pulp chamber and root canal system of a tooth. The cleaned sterilized space is then filled with an inert material. This can prevent the development of a painful infection in the pulp that may spread to the tissue around the tooth and the rest of your body. A root canal can also treat an infection that has developed into an abscessed tooth. This procedure can relieve toothache, stop infection, and promote healing.
- A general dentist or one who specializes in diseases of tooth pulp (endodontist) can perform a root canal.
- First, the dentist will numb your gums with a substance that feels like jelly. After your gums are numb, the dentist will inject a local anesthetic that will completely numb the teeth, gums, tongue, and skin in that area. Sometimes nitrous oxide gas will be used to reduce pain and help you relax
- The dentist will isolate the tooth from the other teeth in your mouth with a small sheet of rubber on a metal frame. This protective rubber sheet also helps stop liquid and instruments from entering your mouth and throat.
- The dentist will use a drill and other tools to remove the pulp from the tooth and will fill the inside part of the tooth below the gum line with medicines, temporary filling materials, and a final root canal filling.
- After the root canal, a permanent filling or crown (cap) is often needed. If a crown is needed, the dentist prepares the tooth and then makes a digital impression of the tooth. Our digital lab then uses the impression to make a crown that perfectly matches the prepared tooth.
- The tooth may be fitted with a temporary crown until the permanent crown is made and cemented into place
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