The first step in the process for a root canal is to take a X ray ascertain if there indications of disease in the surrounding bone and to see the contour of the root canals. Dr Amy cares about your comfort and will use local anesthesia to numb the region near the tooth. Since the nerve is dead actually, anesthesia might not be needed, but in most cases Dr Amy will still anesthetize the place to make you more comfortable and at ease. Next, to maintain the area dry and free from spit during therapy a rubber dam is placed around the tooth. An access hole will be drilled in the tooth. The pulp, along with associated debris and bacteria, is removed from the tooth.
The affected tooth will be fully cleaned out cleaning out procedure is carried through using root canal files. A string of those files of increasing diameter are each later put in the access hole and worked down the complete duration of the tooth to scrub and scrape the sides of the root canals. Sodium hypochlorite or water can be used occasionally to flush the debris away. Dr Amy will seal the tooth once it is completely cleaned. If Dr Amy finds that the tooth is infected she may place medication inside the tooth to clear up it. Or depending on the condition of your particular tooth she may choose to seal tooth on the same day it’s cleaned out.
If root canal treatment isn’t finished on the same day, a temporary filling is put into the outer hole in the tooth to keep out contaminants from getting in between appointments. During the next appointment a rubber compound called gutta percha will be used to seal interior of the tooth. A filling is set, to fill the outdoor accessibility hole that was created in the start of therapy. The ultimate measure may call for additional restoration of the tooth. A tooth that requires root canal treatment frequently have a big filling or substantial decay or other weakness, a crown or a crown and post, or other restorative treatment frequently needs to be put on the tooth to defend it, prevent it from splitting, and restore it to complete function. Dr Amy will explain each step of the process and give the best suggestion for you tooth to restore it.
The pain you may feel should alleviate in a few days. Till your root canal process is fully finished meaning (the filling that is long-term is in position and a crown, if desired, is in position) may suggest you minimize chewing on the tooth under repair or avoid foods that are tough to chew. For the first couple of days following treatment, the tooth might feel sensitive due to tissue inflammation that is natural, particularly when there was pain or infection before the process. This susceptibility or distress generally can be controlled with over the counter pain medicines. Dr Amy will make suggestions to you to help manage any pain or sensitivity that you may feel.
Most return to their regular activities the following day. Continue to see Dr Amy for your regular cleanings and check ups and of course you should continue to brush and floss as usual.