What Happens During a Root Canal?

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Sometimes teeth get so badly decayed and damaged that a dentist must perform a root canal to clear out the destroyed tissue and salvage the tooth. This procedure can prevent the need for an extraction and reduces the risk for further infection in the area. Keep reading to find out what to expect from a root canal:

Numbing the Affected Area
Before the dentist starts to work on your mouth, he or she will first use a gel to numb the gums. After the substance starts to work, he or she will then inject a local anesthetic to numb the affected area. If you have a lot of pain or feel anxious about the procedure, the dentist might use IV sedation to prepare you for the root canal.

Removing the Pulp
Once the area is ready, the dentist can drill a small hole through which he or she removes the damaged pulp. The dentist places medication into the hole to prevent further infection. He or she will also use a temporary filling to protect the area until you can get your permanent filling.  The dentist also creates an impression and caps the tooth.

Inserting the Permanent Crown
A technician uses the impression of your tooth to create a custom crown. When it is ready, you will need to return to your dentist so he or she can cement your new permanent crown into place and shape it so it fits your bite perfectly. You will probably feel numbness in your lips and gums for a few hours after the procedure. The dentist should prescribe a painkiller to help with any lingering pain. In general, though, the procedure is not much more painful than getting a cavity filled.

Whether you need general, restoration, or cosmetic dentistry services, Oak Creek Dental Care is here for you. With some of the top dentists in Columbus, Ohio, we make it easy to maintain a beautiful and healthy smile. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, visit us online or call (614) 682-8345.

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