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During A Root Canal

What Happens During A Root Canal?

A root canal Barrie refers to a treatment process that aims to remove infected pulp tissue from the tooth saving the whole tooth from extraction. The pulp is the living tissue of a tooth and is essential for the growth and later development of the tooth. However, when a tooth is fully grown, it can survive and still function properly without the pulp. This is because the major nourishing role is taken over by the tissues surrounding the tooth. The only thing the tooth with lose is the sensory ability which the other teeth can take up.

Endodontic Treatment

A root canal is also known as endodontic treatment and it is performed by an endodontist who has about two years of additional advanced training specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of dental pulp disorders. It usually involves one or two appointments and the duration is usually more than half an hour. The length and the number of appointments depend on the extent of the infection or damage of the pulp. It also involves the nature of one’s tooth in terms of the network of the nerves and blood vessels. The process itself is straightforward and has little complications. The following is what happens in a root canal:

Examination and Diagnosis

The dentist needs to be sure about the need for a root canal. To do this, an x-ray of the affected tooth root will be taken. A couple of pulp tests will also be carried out to determine the sensitivity of the tooth; other teeth will also be tested to compare the responses. Once the dentist has determined the need for root canal, the treatment schedule is planned and treatment can begin.

Application of Local Anesthesia

A local anesthesia like lidocaine is applied through injections which numb the tooth and the surrounding area. Treatment cannot begin until the tooth is numb. Once this is done, a thin sheet called a dental dam is placed on over the affected tooth and the teeth next to it. The affected tooth has an opening on the sheet where it protrudes. The dental dam is usually made from rubber and at times vinyl is used. It allows for the procedure to be carried out in a saliva free environment and also keep out the bacteria from contaminating the area during the procedure.

PULLING THE PULP TISSUE OUT

Pulpectomy

This is the stage where a hole is drilled in the tooth. It provides access to the tooth and it is not painful since the tooth is numb and the tissue being removed is dead. Special instruments are used to pull the pulp tissue out and clean the pulp chamber and the root canals. The canals are washed with water and antiseptic solutions to kill the bacteria that may be inside.

Fillings

After cleaning, the root canals are shaped to allow them to receive fillings. A material resembling rubber called gutta-percha is heated and then inserted into the canals to fill them and a sealant seals the openings. The access hole used is also filled with a temporal filing and you have to return later for a permanent filling.

We are a Family Friendly Practice

 

At Molson Park Dental Office, we provide family dentistry services with a focus on pediatric dentistry to cater to this specialized segment of clients. Toronto and Barrie dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick works with every child to build trust and comfort through the entire dental visit process.

 

We are a Family Friendly Practice

At Molson Park Dental Office, we provide family dentistry services with a focus on pediatric dentistry to cater to this specialized segment of clients. Toronto and Barrie dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick works with every child to build trust and comfort through the entire dental visit process.

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