What happens during a root canal?
We know that root canals have a bad reputation. But dental techniques and technology have advanced to the point where fear of the procedure is unnecessary. Today, a root canal performed by a skilled dentist is no more complicated than filling a tooth.
Deep within your tooth is a chamber that contains the pulp of your tooth. The pulp is made up of tissue, nerves, and the blood supply that keeps a tooth alive. If severe decay or infection penetrates this part of the tooth, the most common symptom is pain that gets steadily worse over time. At this point, a root canal is the only solution for relieving your pain and protecting your oral health.
Unfortunately, it’s the pain that most people remember, and they and blame it on the procedure. But as you will see from the steps below, a root canal does not cause pain, it relieves it!
- The first step is to numb the area thoroughly with a topical numbing agent. Next, Dr. Liang gently administers the local anesthesia and waits to proceed until he is certain you’re numb and won’t feel anything.
- Next, he carefully clears away all the infected material from your tooth, then fills and seals it. That is all there is to it! You may be in pain you arrive, but the moment you are numb, the pain will disappear!
- Since a tooth can become brittle after a root canal, we usually recommend a dental crown to strengthen and protect it from further damage.
If you suspect you may need a root canal, please call our Alpharetta creek dental office to arrange a consultation and get the help you need.