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What Are the Stages of Root Canal Treatment?

November 18 2019 by Refresh Dental

What Are the Stages of Root Canal Treatment? - Refresh Dental

What is a Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a safe and effective way of saving a tooth from an inflamed or infected tooth pulp.

When such an infection occurs to a tooth or its surrounding area(s), it can cause severe pain and inflammation to the nerves and blood vessels which make up the tooth pulp. Root canal treatment is a procedure where a dental professional removes an infected, injured or dead pulp from the tooth.

Although root canal treatment is a highly safe and effective treatment for most cases, not all symptoms of tooth pain require a root canal treatment. If you're unsure, we recommend for you to book an appointment with your dentist to get examined as soon as possible.

The Process of Root Canal Treatment

  1. Your dentist will give you a local anesthetic (freezing).
  2. A rubber dam is placed around your infected tooth to prevent potential germs and bacteria from coming into contact with the treatment area through saliva.
  3. Your dentist creates an opening in the tooth to reach the root canal system.
  4. The dentist cleans and enlarges the root canal system to remove the pulp.
  5. After the canal has been cleaned, the dentist seals the canal by using filling material.
  6. After filling the roots again, the tooth opening is sealed with either a temporary or permanent filling.

Root canals are usually the last step of tooth restoration before having to extract a tooth in an unsalvageable state; dental professionals will generally advise patients to get a root canal treatment when all other options of tooth restoration have been exhausted.

Do I Need a Root Canal Treatment?

If given the option to save a tooth by getting a root canal, it is highly recommended for you to do so. Getting a root canal can help to prevent further damage, inflammation and infection to decaying tooth enamel and its surrounding areas.

Prevention of a tooth extraction can help keep the rest of your teeth in alignment, prevent jaw issues which could arise from tooth loss, and can help you avoid costly procedures, such as getting an artificial tooth to replace an extracted one.

Other Things to Keep In Mind

A root canal treatment is typically completed in 1 to 2 sessions, but sometimes a second root canal treatment is necessary. In more severe cases, your dentist may refer you to an endodontist or root canal specialist to examine your case.

After getting a root canal treatment, the treatment area may feel tender or sensitive for the first 1 to 2 weeks. Please visit your dental professional if you experience severe pain or swelling after the treatment as these symptoms are not normal.

Refresh Dental Can Help

If you have any questions or would like to speak to Refresh Dental regarding a root canal treatment, feel free to give us a call at 780-705-5557 or click here to book an appointment with us today.

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