Examination and Anesthetization
As a rule, the dentist begins with using a low current to verify if the tooth is dead. If the patient doesn’t feel anything, it suggests that the nerve isn’t alive any more, and that the root canal procedure can be performed without using anesthesia. If it is found that the nerve is still alive, a local anesthesia will be applied on the tooth along with the surrounding area.
Drilling into the Tooth
After that the dentist will use a drill in order to reach to the pulp to be able to take away the inflamed or dead tissue. In case if it is a front tooth that is being worked upon, it will be drilled from behind, and if it is a molar, the drilling will be performed from the top of the tooth.
Removing the Insides
Different sizes of rasps are used to take away the tissue from inside the tooth. The process can take quite time for the reason that the root of a tooth often has several thin extensions and smaller branches. Throughout the procedure, the cavity will be cleansed occasionally to clear out the loosened material. Once the cavity is cleared, the tooth will be disinfected so that there is no reappearance of the inflammation.
Then, a rubbery paste is used to plug the cavity, and then the drilled hole is sealed. Gutta-percha, which is a whitish rubber obtained from coagulating the milky latex from trees of the same name, is the rubber that is used for the filling. This rubber appears as sticks of a range of thickness and length. The sticks are heated, which causes them to amalgamate and fill the cavity in the tooth.
Is the Procedure Painful
The majority of people think that root canal treatments are painful. In actual fact, this is a general misunderstanding. Nevertheless, this opinion is because of the past, when they were really painful. But today the root canal procedure is no longer painful thanks to newer anesthetics and technologies. In actual fact, anybody who has experienced a toothache will know that the agony of that is far more than any root canal treatment.
The Healing Process
The root canal treatment could occupy several visits, therefore, while it is ongoing it is desirable not to chew or bite down, particularly on foods that are hard or tough. Your restored tooth will be free of pain just the once the treatment is finished, though it may feel a little sensitive for a number of days. Over-the-counter painkillers can be used to reduce the discomfort. Nevertheless, if the swelling or pain continues longer than it should, you should consult your dentist.