Painless Root Canal Treatment
With today’s technology, Root Canals are virtually painless
Root canal treatment is done when decay will likely damage or has already killed a tooth. During a root canal, a dentist or endodontist removes the pulp from the center of a tooth and fills the pulp cavity. This can prevent the development of a painful infection in the pulp that may spread to other teeth. A root canal can also treat an infection that has developed into an abscessed tooth. This procedure can relieve toothache, stop infection, and promote healing.
First, the dentist will numb your gums with a substance that feels like jelly. After your gums are numb, the dentist will completely numb the area being worked on. Sometimes sedation will be used to help relax the patient. The dentist may separate the decayed tooth from the other teeth with a small sheet of rubber on a metal frame. This protective rubber sheet also helps stop liquid and tooth chips from entering your mouth and throat.The dentist will remove the pulp from the tooth and will fill the inside part of the tooth below the gum line with medicines, temporary filling materials, and a final root canal filling. After the root canal, a crown (cap) is needed. The dentist removes the decay, and then makes an impression of the tooth. A technician uses the impression to make a crown that perfectly matches the saved tooth. The tooth may be fitted with a temporary crown until the permanent crown is made and cemented into place.