We all have heard about the root canal procedure done by dentists to get rid of dental problems and to ensure healthier teeth. We will have a look at how the root canal treatment is done in detail as well as the things you need to keep in mind while going for a root canal treatment for your dental ailment.
Root canal treatment is generally done by a root canal specialist, called an endodontist, who works in conjunction with your dentist. The treatment involves several steps, which are discussed in detail below.
The first step of the treatment procedure involves the dentist performing a series of X-Rays on the region where the root canal is needed to be done. These x-rays help the dentist to know the extent of the damage as well as help him deduce the correct way to move forward in order to perform the treatment. The second step involves the administration of a local anaesthetic that numbs the specific region of the mouth where the procedure is to be performed to ensure minimal or negligible pain to the patient.
The next step involves the dentist putting a mat like a thing on the affected region, to ensure that the teeth remain dry during the process. This mat is usually made of waterproof material like rubber or plastic. This mat also prevents the patient from swallowing undesirable substances which are used during the treatment process. The dentist would then remove the crown in order to gain access to the soft pulp to remove the infected tissues. If he or she finds any abscesses during the procedure they would be drained to provide long-lasting relief.
Post the clean-up, the dentist would enlarge the canal so that it can be easily filled. To do so, the dentist would use an assortment of files that would make the region easier to be filled in as well as would give it a proper shape. This part of the process is long-winded and it may take more than a single session to pass through this stage of the treatment process. The dentist would apply for some medicine in the region between treatment sessions to ensure that the pathogens do not come back to attack the affected region. Antibiotics may also be provided to ward off any allergies or fever that may arise due to the process.
The last part of the treatment involves the sealing of the root canal to prevent further infection as well as the placement of a crown to prevent breakage or other damage. In some cases, the dentist may also suggest a treatment for the discolouration that may occur due to a root canal.
Post the root canal treatment process, it becomes extremely important to practise proper oral hygiene to ensure that the teeth survive longer. Generally, teeth that go through the root canal process, survive a minimum of 8 years if proper care is taken.
Belvedere Family Dentistry specializes in the root canal treatment process as well as other dental procedures to help you get relief from your dental ailments. Their team is helpful yet professional and ensures that their patients have happier and healthier smiles.
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