When a tooth is decayed or infected, and is not able to be treated with a dental filling, Dr. LoSasso may recommend a root canal. The pulp and nerve of the tooth will be removed during a root canal, and the remainder of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed. When a tooth that is badly decayed fails to get treated, an abscess may occur.
The center of the tooth is sometimes referred to as a root canal, and the pulp of the tooth is the soft tissue inside the root canal, which is where the nerve of the tooth lies. After root canal treatment, you won’t feel sensations to hot or cold because the nerve is removed. However, the removal of the nerve will not affect how your tooth functions.
What is the Procedure Like?
A root canal can be administered by a dentist or endodontist. An X-ray will be taken before the treatment is performed to determine the shape of the root canal and see if any sign of infection is present in the jawbone surrounding the tooth. A local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area that will be treated, but there are times when anesthesia isn’t used because the nerve may already be dead. However, most of the time it will be used to ensure that the patient stays comfortable.
You will then have a rubber dam placed around the tooth to make certain that the area stays dry during the procedure. Dr. LoSasso will then remove the pulp, decayed nerve, and bacteria from the tooth through an access hole. To ensure the entire area is properly cleaned, he will use files to access the entire length of the tooth.
After the root canal is scraped and scrubbed, sodium hypochlorite or water will be used to wash away any remaining debris. When the tooth is fully cleaned, it will then be sealed. However, there are times when you may need to wait about one week to seal the tooth, which may include when an infection is present. In these circumstances, Dr. LoSasso may apply a medication into the tooth to treat the infection. A temporary filling will be administered when the entire treatment isn’t performed in one appointment.
What is Recovery Like?
You may experience slight sensitivity for the first couple of days after the treatment. Typically, this is because of tissue inflammation that occurs naturally after the procedure. Some individuals only require over-the-counter pain medication, such as Advil, Motrin, or Aleve, but there are some individuals who may need prescription pain pills to ease any discomfort after the treatment.