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Things You Should Know about Root Canal Treatment

Things You Should Know about Root Canal Treatment

If you have a severely infected tooth, your general dentist will likely refer you to an endodontist or root canal treatment dentist in Northridge. Most people consider root canals to be a very scary sounding treatment, but this is a common misconception. Things are also less frightening if you understand them fully, so it is a good idea to take a look into what a root canal procedure involves.

Your root canal treatment will span across one to three appointments. During your first appointment, you will be supplied with a local anesthetic and a rubber sheet around your tooth in order to keep it isolated. An opening will then be drilled through the center of the tooth into the pulp area. The pulp is where the nerves and blood vessels of your tooth live. Your dentist will clean it and the root canal free of diseased tissue and decay, and then reshape it. You may be given medication at this point that will fight bacteria.

The next step depends on the condition your tooth is now in. You dentist may choose to let the tooth drain, fit it with a temporary crown, or move forward to filling the canals and pulp chamber. They are filled with gutta percha, or a similar material, which helps prevent recontamination. If the tooth is not strong enough, it may be fitted with a metal abutment to give it support. Finally, the tooth is sealed and topped with a crown.

After any discomfort, you will likely have to return for a follow up exam. If everything is functioning well and properly, then you can continue your normal dental health routine just as before.

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