What to Expect During a Root Canal

Dental Tooth Abscess

In our last blog, we asked, “how do you know if you need a root canal?


This blog discusses what you can expect should you need a root canal procedure. Learn more.


You might need a root canal if deep cavities or cracks have caused bacteria to enter and infect your tooth. Nobody loves to hear those two words, but don’t worry; today’s root canal procedures aren’t the same as your grandmother’s. Not only is this treatment effective and safe, but thanks to improvements in diagnosis and equipment, it can be quick and painless too! 


The Diagnosis of a Root Canal

If the pulp is infected, it will likely show up in your dental x-rays. Still, sometimes there are changes in or around the infected tooth that present themselves. An infection or ‘abscess’ in the pulp at the center of the tooth can cause serious oral health issues, so it needs to be removed. Your dentist will either do the root canal or refer you to an endodontist.


Preparing for Surgery (Does It Hurt?) 

The procedure typically begins with your dentist providing a local anesthetic or injecting a numbing agent into the gums and the tooth’s root. Most people are happily surprised to find that this is not painful. 


The dentist then isolates your tooth with a rubber dam to protect it from the bacteria in your saliva. Once the freezing has taken, and the dentist has made sure of your comfort, the treatment begins.


The Procedure

Using a small drill, the dentist makes a tiny hole in the tooth’s crown to reach the root system and the damaged pulp. The dentist removes the pulp before using delicate instruments to clean and enlarge the root canal system. Next, the tooth is sealed with a temporary or permanent filling. 


After The Procedure

When the freezing wears off, there may be some discomfort. You will also notice the absence of pain due to the nerves inside your tooth resulting in pain being removed. You should stick to a soft diet for a few days and treat any residual discomfort with over-the-counter medications. 


In most cases, treatments occur in one or two appointments. If you have questions about this or any other oral procedure, Keshavarz Dentistry is here to help. 


To book a dental appointment with us in Brampton, call (905) 791-3867 or schedule one online. You’ll be glad you did!


Yours in Oral Hygiene,


Dr. F. Keshavarz Dentistry in Brampton

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