Useful Information on Root Canal Treatment

Conversation can easily turn sour when someone mentions the term root canal. Many people discourage their friends and family from needing them and are afraid when they need them. However, with the latest advances in technology, root canals are not at all comfortable. You can choose the best root canal treatment at  Read through a basic guide on how the process works and you'll have a pretty clear idea of what's happening to your teeth.

  • What is a root canal?

During this treatment, the dentist drills the chewing surface of the tooth to reach the nerve in the tooth called the pulp. The pulp extends beyond the root of the tooth and must be removed so that the infection can be cured or prevented. A thin metal wire is inserted into the tooth to the base of the root canal and the pulp is extracted. 

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After the pulp is removed, most dentists fill the root canals with gummy gel and seal them off effectively. This step prevents bacteria from returning to the cavity and causing problems for the patient at a later date. The chewable surface is then replaced with a temporary filling that remains for at least two weeks before the filling or permanent crown is placed.

  • How is the process?

The first time you sit in a chair, the dentist will usually give you a brief overview of the process. The area to be injected with novocaine is then rubbed with a topical gel which slightly cloudy the area where it needs to be injected. Then a picture will be taken, usually between 2 and 4 shots, and you will have to wait a few minutes for the anesthetic to work its magic.