What is the procedure involved in giving a root canal?

Before starting the root canal proper, your dentist will give you an injection of pain killer at the site of the procedure. A rubber "dental dam" will be placed around your tooth to keep it clean. A small drill will be used to open a passage in the top of your tooth. Small files and specialized instruments will be used to scrape out the infected or decaying pulp. The tooth will now be hollowed out and you may be sent home to let it drain. The second stage involves putting filler into the tooth, sealing it with dental cement, and placing a gold or porcelain crown over the tooth.
A root canal treatment generally involves the removal and replacement of a tooth’s pulp. The pulp is soft tissue containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. When the pulp is diseased or injured, the pulp tissue dies. If you don't remove it, your tooth gets infected and you could lose it. During a root canal procedure, the dentist removes the pulp, and the root canal is cleaned and sealed off to protect it. Afterwards, the dentist places a crown over the tooth to help make it stronger.


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