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So, you learned from your dentist that he or she recommends that you get a root canal done. Sounds a little scary, right? Well, you don’t have to be intimidated. Continue reading to learn more about what a root canal is and what to expect during your procedure.

What is a Root Canal?

Due to trauma or tooth decay, part of your tooth has become diseased and infected. In order to solve the problem and prevent a tooth extraction, your dentist may recommend getting a root canal treatment. While not the most fun experience, getting a root canal can help save your tooth and eliminate any chronic pain, sensitivity, or swelling caused by the infected tooth pulp.

Preliminary Steps

When you first get to your root canal appointment, your dentist will debrief you on the layout of the procedure. He or she will then do an x-ray of the infected tooth to get a good idea of the extent of the problem and the layout of your teeth. Finally, she or he will numb the area with a local anesthetic to make sure that you don’t experience serious pain during the procedure. If you ever start feeling pain, make sure to speak up.

The Actual Procedure

After x-rays and numbing, your dentist will then begin the actual root canal procedure. In this procedure, your dentist will use a tool to drill deep into the diseased tooth. Then, he or she will begin removing all of the infected tooth pulp that is causing you so much trouble. Once everything is cleaned up and looking brand new again, your dentist will seal your tooth with a rubber compound and filling. Keep in mind, however, that your dentist may choose to seal your tooth at a later appointment. Finally, your dentist will schedule a follow-up appointment to make sure everything looks good and nothing is bothering you.

While you may be tempted to rely on natural remedies to manage pain caused by an infected tooth, these remedies will only go so far in managing your pain and addressing the problem. Therefore, while a root canal may not be your number one idea of a good time, it will ensure that you get your infection taken care of, eliminating pain and possible complications in the future. If you ever have any concerns about your root canal treatment, be sure to discuss it with your dentist. She or he is there to help!

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