For many patients, the very concept of getting a root canal can be 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 larger scale dental procedure, they do provide a valuable service in removing infection and decay from a patient's mouth. To help put fears at ease, we will discuss the benefits of how a root canal is beneficial for good oral health.
Root canals begin with decay; the sort of decay that has already caused damage to 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 the pulp is removed, the pulp cavity is filled in order 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.
Not only can root canals stop the spread of infection, but they also relieve toothaches and help mouths heal. As anyone who has had a toothache well knows, there are few more intense and constant pains than having a toothache.
The procedure is straightforward to perform: The dentist begins the operation by desensitizing the teeth and gum areas with a gel-like substance. Once sufficiently numb, the dentist will then inject a local anesthetic into the affected area that completely numbs the gums, tongue, skin and teeth to make the patient comfortable. Some dentists will make use of a nitrous oxide gas (also commonly known as ""laughing gas"") that is further used to reduce discomfort and help patients relax.
During the procedure, the dentist may use a small sheet of rubber on a metal frame in order to separate the decayed tooth from the other teeth. This protective sheet also acts a buffer in order to help stop unwanted substances such liquid and chips of the tooth from entering the patient's mouth and throat area.
During the procedure, the dentist makes use of a drill and other tools in order to remove the dead pulp from the tooth fill the inside part of the tooth that is below the gum line. This filling is made up of a mixture of medicines to help cure the infection and promote healing, temporary filling materials and final fillings for the root canal.
Once the root canal is complete, the dentist uses a permanent filling or crown (known as a cap). In the case of a crown being used, the dentist removes the decay and makes an impression of the tooth for a replacement crown that matches the bite of the original tooth.
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.
Root canals are never "fun", but provide a vital component of restoring good tooth health and preventing long-term pain.
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