Getting to Know Root Canals

You can easily rid yourself of tooth decay in its early stages. All you have to do is use fluoride toothpaste in brushing your decayed tooth; receive dental treatment on a regular basis; or have a tooth-colored filling applied to your cavity. However, these relatively conservative methods may not get the job done when you suffer from advanced tooth decay. In fact, such a condition usually entails a tooth extraction. The good news is your Kennewick dentist can provide you a less invasive yet equally effective solution to advanced tooth decay in the form of a root canal.

To learn as much as you can about root canals, you may refer to the details that we have outlined below.

Introduction

A root canal is a procedure wherein your dentist extracts your severely decayed tooth’s pulp and cleans, shapes, and seals the inner portions or canals of that tooth.

Root canal process

Prior to administering a root canal, your dentist first goes over some X-rays of your affected tooth to determine whether there are any signs of infection on the bone that surrounds it. As soon as your dentist finishes examining the insides of your tooth, he gives it and the area near it a local anesthetic shot. After applying the local anesthetic, your dentist isolates your tooth from the rest of your teeth by placing a rubber dam around it. He then removes the dental pulp using small dental instruments. When the pulp is out, your dentist applies antiseptic and antibacterial solutions to your tooth’s canals in order to disinfect them. Once the canals are sterile, your dentist shapes them and uses a root canal sealer to cover them. Finally, your dentist seals the hole on your tooth with a tooth-colored filling and places a crown over your tooth.

Dr. Walter Hadley can help you understand root canals better. Just call 509-591-0515.

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