When you learn that you need a root canal treatment to protect your smile, does your mind immediately fill up with images that you have crafted out of thin air? Do you imagine what a root canal must be like, though you know perfectly well that your actual knowledge of what to expect is minimal if not non-existent? Unfortunately, making guesses about your upcoming treatment is a very common way of becoming anxious. The great news? We invite you to become familiar with the steps of this restorative procedure, so you know just what to expect and can feel both relaxed and proud of yourself for taking excellent care of your oral health.
Step #1: An Examination
We do not blindly suggest root canal treatment. Instead, we thoroughly examine your tooth by speaking with you about symptoms and taking a detailed look at the interior of your tooth with digital imaging.
Step #2: Numbing Your Tissue
Once we have diagnosed your tooth and are ready to move forward with treatment, we will begin your root canal treatment by numbing your tooth. You can expect a comfortable procedure.
Step #3: Creating An Entry Point
The goal of a root canal is to remove the infected dental pulp within. To accomplish this, we will first create a tiny entry point through which we may access the body and roots (lowermost chambers) of your tooth.
Step #4: Removing The Pulp
We will remove the pulp and other tissues from within your tooth, ensuring your roots and tooth are free of infected tissue and debris.
Step #5: Sealing Your Roots
Using a substance we call “gutta percha” – a rubber-like material – we will seal your roots to protect them from future bacterial invasion.
Step #6: Protecting Your Tooth
In general, the last step of root canal treatment is the placement of a dental crown, which restores the structure, stability, and appearance of your tooth.
ABOUT YOUR LONGVIEW, TX, DENTISTS:
At DentaCare Dental in Longview, TX, we focus on advanced technology, education, and comfort to offer every patient a pleasant experience and excellent dental care. To schedule a consultation, call our Longview, TX, office today at (903) 215-8223. For optimal convenience, we also serve patients at our other location in Tyler, TX.