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Getting to the Root of Root Canals


For many patients, the very concept of getting a root canal procedure reminds them of a nerve-wracking experience. Between the time in the dentist's chair and the discomfort felt from the infected area, many people tend to dread the procedure before it has even begun. While root canals are a more significant dental procedure, they do provide a valuable service in removing infection and decay from a patient's mouth.

It is essential to discuss the benefits of how a root canal procedure for your dental health to help put fears at ease.

What Is a Root Canal Procedure?

Root canals treat the tooth decay which causes damage to a part of your teeth or has killed a tooth. A root canal procedure entails a dentist (or endodontist) removing the decayed pulp from the center of the infected tooth. Once removing this for the tooth, the cavity is filled to prevent those painful infections (such as abscesses in teeth) found in the pulp region from spreading to other teeth or cause any other related health issues.

What do root canals treat?

Not only can root canals stop the spread of infection, but they also relieve toothaches and help mouths heal. Getting the relief for pain on a tooth is the best feeling in the world for those who have suffered from it.

The Process of a Root Canal Procedure

The root canal procedure is straightforward to perform: The dentist begins the operation by desensitizing the teeth and gum areas with a gel-like substance.

Going numb

Once sufficiently numb, our dentist will then inject a local anesthetic into the affected area to numb the gums, tongue, skin, and teeth to make the patient more comfortable. Some dentists will make use of a nitrous oxide gas, commonly known as "laughing gas," for patients who suffer from dental anxiety.

Getting down to business

To begin the procedure, our dentist may use a small sheet of rubber on a metal frame to separate the decayed tooth from the other teeth. This protective covering also acts a buffer to help stop unwanted substances such liquid and chips of the tooth from entering the patient's mouth and throat area.

During the procedure, a drill and other tools are used to remove the dead pulp from the tooth and fill the inside part of the tooth below the gum line. This filling is made up of a mixture of medicines to help cure the infection and promote the healing process.

Once the root canal is complete, our dentist uses a permanent filling or crown. When using a cap, they remove the decay and makes an impression of the tooth for a replacement crown matching the bite of the original tooth, similar to the process of a dental implant.

Coming down

Once the procedure is complete, the novocaine keeps the affected part of the mouth numb for a few hours. Once the sedation wears off, however, using aspirin or a painkiller will help to regulate any post-surgery sensations.

What is the healing time for a root canal procedure?

You will have pain and numbness a few days after your procedure, so it is crucial to use precaution when eating. Maintaining your daily oral routine also helps with the recovery process to keep the area clean. The recovery time for the bone around the tooth of the root canal is six months after the procedure.

Root canals are never "fun,” but provide a vital component of restoring good tooth health and preventing long-term pain.

Have a Pleasant Root Canal Experience

Our endodontics services in Pacifica, CA make the process of a root canal a breeze for our patients. Our caring staff makes you as comfortable as possible for your procedure. Schedule a consultation with us today!