Diagnosis: The dentist examines the tooth, possibly using X-rays, to determine the extent of the infection or damage. Common signs include severe toothache, swelling, sensitivity to hot or cold, and gum tenderness.
Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is administered to numb the affected tooth and the surrounding area, ensuring that the patient remains comfortable during the procedure.
Access Opening: The dentist creates a small opening in the crown of the tooth to access the pulp chamber and root canals.
Cleaning and Shaping: Using specialized instruments, the dentist carefully removes the infected or damaged pulp, cleans the interior of the tooth, and shapes the root canals to prepare them for filling.
Filling: The cleaned and shaped root canals are filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha. This seals the canals, preventing re-infection.
Sealing: After the canals are filled, a temporary or permanent filling is placed to seal the access opening in the tooth.
Restoration: In many cases, a tooth that has undergone a root canal will require additional restoration, such as a dental crown, to provide strength and protection. This step may be done in a separate appointment.
Root canals are performed to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted due to infection or severe damage. They offer relief from pain and allow the patient to retain their natural tooth, maintaining proper oral function and aesthetics. The procedure has a high success rate, and advancements in dental technology and techniques have made root canals more efficient and comfortable for patients. If you’re experiencing symptoms of a tooth infection or damage, it’s important to consult us to promptly to determine if a root canal is needed.