The term “root canal” often brings a sense of dread, but it shouldn’t. Root canal therapy is a safe, effective means of preserving your natural tooth when the pulp, the innermost part of the tooth, becomes infected or inflamed.
Here’s what to expect during a root canal treatment:
- Anesthesia: Your dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding area.
- Removing the pulp: The dentist drills an access hole into the tooth and removes the diseased or damaged pulp.
- Cleaning and sealing: The dentist cleans the interior of the tooth, shapes the root canals, and fills and seals them.
- Restoration: After a few weeks, the dentist completes the treatment by placing a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect it and restore its function.
Contrary to popular belief, a root canal should not be painful. With modern techniques and anesthetics, most people report that they’re comfortable during the procedure.
Root canal therapy has a high success rate and often allows you to keep your natural tooth for a lifetime. So, let’s replace the fear with facts and keep our smiles healthy and bright!