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What to Expect with a Root Canal Procedure?

Root Canal ProcedureNot all kinds of tooth decay need an extraction. In some cases, a filling is enough. The dentist may also give you an antibiotic to treat the infection. But when the tooth decay is serious, and you have inflamed gums, it may be time for a root canal.

What Happens during a Root Canal?

A root canal is a common dental procedure that involves the removal of pulp, which has teeth nerves and blood vessels. These nerves are the reasons why you have inflammation and shooting pains. You may worry about not having nerves and blood vessels anymore – but don’t. Your teeth can survive without them.

Before the procedure, the dentist performs an assessment and imaging like X-rays. This is necessary to determine the exact location of the infected pulp.

During the procedure, the dentist will provide you with a local anaesthetic. You are awake, but you cannot feel the pain. The dentist will then access the pulp by drilling a hole in the crown. There is no need for concern about the aesthetic appearance of your teeth as dental veneers in Enfield can correct any flaws in how your teeth look. After drilling a hole in the crown, the dentist can then proceed to remove the pulp.

The dentist removes all the pulp ensuring to clean the empty chamber and disinfect it. Once there’s no more pulp left, and the tooth has already had a disinfectant applied, the dentist will fill the area.

And What Happens After?

The root canal should solve the tooth pain, but you can still have numbness that can last for a few days. If you still have pain, it’s possible some pulp is still there. In this rare case, the patient will need to go to the dentist to have any pulp that remains removed.

The procedure does not mean that tooth decay cannot affect other areas of the mouth, but it will alleviate the pain and address the issues around the infected tooth or teeth.