Root Canal Treatment Steps
Many people believe that root canal treatment is painful, however it should not be, with the right dentist, who is empathetic, experienced and reliable, the treatment should be a pain free one.
- Identification of the problem tooth is always step one.
- Next is examination before procedure, this usually consists of an x-ray.
- Then there’s the dental dam, this apparatus is employed around your tooth after it has been properly anaesthetised. This is done to keep the area dry and free from infection during the procedure.
- Next there is a drill used to gain entry to the trouble nerve.
- Finally the length of the root canal is taken using an electronic device known as endometrics.
- Cleaning begins using rotating filters and disinfectant.
- Your dentist may decide that a follow up cleaning is needed to avoid infection.
- After disinfection the canal needs to be filled to avoid it getting infected or bacteria getting in.
- When it comes to back teeth though this filling in procedure will not work so well, so it is advised that you get fitted with a crown or even partial crown. We advise this to avoid future reinfection or fracturing of the tooth.
- Usually, but not always, this whole procedure can be done in one day, but of course your dentist will assess the level of severity and advise on each individual case.
- Swelling and discomfort is to be expected once the anaesthesia has worn off but over-the-counter medication will help with that.
Root Canal for Nervous Patients
For patients suffering from anxiety or are fearful about this procedure, sedation is available, or in some cases where patients don’t even want to be conscious for it, we can offer local anaesthesia.