Root canal procedures at KRB Dentistry relieve your tooth pain and involve a multistep process. During your first visit with Dr. Kauser Bari or one of her associates, they review your medical and dental history and take X-rays to confirm and determine the extent of your infection. More often than not, the urgency of a root canal is addressed immediately, usually the same day.
When you come in for your root canal appointment, the procedure is usually completed in one or two steps.
The first step is the removal of the nerve after the tooth is wholly anesthetized or numbed with the administration of a local anesthetic. That prevents you from feeling any sensitivity or pain during the process. The dentist performing the procedure then places a sheet of thin plastic, called a rubber dam, around your tooth to keep it dry.
Once you’re numb, your dentist at KRB Dentistry drills out the center of the tooth to access the nerve chamber to remove the irritated nerve tissue. If the infection is excessive, the dentist may choose to pause at this time, temporize the tooth with a temporary filling to allow it to drain, place you on antibiotics, and have you return at a later date to complete the procedure.
To complete the root canal the same day, or at a later date in a second step process, the canal is filled with a rubber filling called gutta percha to seal the canal and prevent the passage of bacteria within or around the tooth. The access hole is filled with a fluoride releasing filling material or another material of the dentist’s and patient’s preference.
Afterward, either the same day or at a later date, the dentist may recommend a crown be placed on the tooth to reinforce the structure that’s compromised after the removal of the center of the tooth and the decayed areas.