Endodontic procedures deal with nerves. Among all the endodontic procedures, the root canal is the most well-known among patients. In most cases, the primary cause of an infected tooth is infected roots. Root canal is the procedure by which the infected nerve roots can be removed. An infected tooth left without treatment can result in what is called an abscess which is a much more serious condition leading to a possible loss of bone in the jaw.
Root canal begins with application of local anesthetic to numb the area. Your dentist will then use a dental drill to find his way right down to the root of the tooth by opening up a ‘canal. The next step involves removal of the infected tissue and cleaning up the canal area.
The canal is then filled with a special dental sealant referred to as ‘gutta percha’. We recommend that tooth that has undergone root canal treatments be fitted with a crown to improve its appearance. Apart from adding to the appearance, the crown will also improve the chances of a successful root canal.
Although most patients tend to feel scared at the very thought of undergoing root canal treatment, the truth is that modern dental treatments along with effective pain medication and local anesthesia have helped in minimizing the pain and trauma traditionally associated with root canal treatments. Your doctor will prescribe medication for the after-care procedure and there is only some slight soreness which is normal after any dental procedure.
Besides, root canal can eliminate infected root nerves and restore your dental health. Other long term benefits include the ability to eat and enjoy the foods that you love without wincing every time you bite into something too hot or too cold.