When we have patients in need of a root canal treatment in Brockville, some people feel a sense of anxiety attached to the procedure. Root canals can have an unfounded reputation for being a painful and unpleasant experience - but that's just not the case. Modern root canals are safe and largely pain-free while saving you from much more pain in the future from decayed or broken teeth.
Here's what you need to know.
Understanding Root Canal Treatment in Brockville
A root canal is called for when a patient has a large cavity or cracked tooth which has gone to the nerve at the center of the tooth, the nerve has become exposed to the environment, and then infected. If there's no way to save the nerve, then a root canal is the only option to preserve the tooth. The nerve tissue is carefully removed and then the tooth is filled in with a special inert material called gutta percha
At the point a root canal is called for, the patient is already in considerable pain.
A root canal is always done under local anesthetic. Dental anesthetic is fast-acting and numbs the area being operated on.
Once the tooth and surrounding gums are numb, the dentist gets to work. They drill an access hole and remove the infected material within your tooth. Then, the remaining tooth is reshaped to be able to receive the filling material which will replace the root. The tooth is filled in and then capped off so that the interior of the tooth is sealed. In this way, the dentist makes sure that the tooth can ideally not become infected again.
The process is nearly painless, as is recovery. The area surrounding the rebuilt tooth might be a bit sore for a day or two afterward, but that's it. After all, with the nerve gone, you can't have feeling there.