What happens during a root canal?
There is a lot of fear surrounding root canal treatment, but most of it is unfounded. With today’s modern dentistry, getting a root canal is no worse than getting a cavity filled.
Most people who need a root canal are in quite a bit of pain, which is what leads them to the dentist in the first place. Usually this means that the root of the tooth is infected. The goal of the root canal is to eliminate the infection—and thus, eliminate the pain.
The first thing your dentist will do before a root canal is numb the area. Once you are completely comfortable, a tiny hole is drilled into the affected tooth. Your dentist will remove the infection from the tooth along with the damaged nerve. The area will be completely flushed out to ensure no bacteria remain. Often an antibiotic will also be placed in the area to prevent a recurrence of infection.
Next, the tooth will be filled and sealed. In most cases, the tooth structure will be brittle, so a crown is placed over the treated tooth to protect and strengthen it. This will give you back full function of your tooth.
Any residual discomfort you might feel after the procedure will quickly fade, and you will feel much better afterward than when you came into the dentist.