When a tooth becomes severely decayed or infected, dentists often will recommend a root canal for treatment. If your dentist has given you the news that you need a root canal, you may be wondering what you can expect during your appointment. Good news! Our team is here to give you all the information you’ll need about root canals.
One of the first steps your dentist will take is to X-ray your mouth to see the shape of the root canal, which is the center of your tooth. This will help to determine if the bone surrounding the tooth has become infected.
After getting the necessary images, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area surrounding the tooth, ensuring that you don’t feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
Once the anesthetic has been given, your dentist will ensure that the area stays dry by placing a rubber piece around the tooth. A hole is then drilled into the tooth where the pulp, bacteria and debris will be removed with a series of files. Once the debris is removed, your dentist will then seal the tooth until your next appointment.
After treatment, your tooth may require a crown to protect it from breaking. This is also a great way to restore your smile and tooth function. If you have any questions or concerns about your appointment, please give our office a call at (308) 532-8338.