Steps for Getting A Root Canal

Root canals are essential for saving millions of teeth annually. This endodontic treatment targets the inner part of the tooth, known as the pulp, addressing inflammation or infection. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.

Even though root canals can be scary, our dentists walk you through each step and answer all your questions. Keep reading to learn more about the steps of getting a root canal.

Before Treatment Begins

  • X-ray Examination: Your dentist reviews X-rays to assess the tooth’s condition.
  • Anesthetic Administration: Local anesthesia is applied to numb the area, ensuring minimal discomfort.
  • Placement of Dental Dam: A rubber sheet called a dental dam is placed over the tooth to protect and isolate it during the procedure.

During Root Canal Treatment

  • Tooth Preparation: A small opening is created at the top of the tooth to access the pulp.
  • Pulp Removal: The damaged pulp and nerve tissues inside the tooth and root are carefully removed.
  • Cleaning and Shaping: The inner chamber is cleaned and shaped to accommodate a filling.
  • Irrigation and Medication: The area is irrigated, and antimicrobial medication is applied to prevent infection.
  • Filling Placement: Biocompatible material, often gutta-percha, is used to fill the tooth’s canals, sealing it to prevent further infection.
  • Temporary Filling: A temporary filling is placed to protect the tooth until a permanent restoration can be completed.

After Root Canal Treatment

  • Post-Procedure Sensitivity: Some sensitivity or discomfort may occur, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
  • Follow-Up Appointment: A follow-up appointment is scheduled to restore the tooth with a permanent filling or crown.

Root canal treatment, although intimidating, is a crucial procedure for preserving dental health. With careful steps during and after the treatment, your tooth can regain its normal function and provide lasting relief. For any inquiries or to schedule an appointment, reach out to one of our three locations. We’re here to address your concerns and ensure a comfortable dental experience.

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The Dentist of Siouxland at Lakeport

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3434 S. Lakeport St.
Sioux City, IA 51106
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The Dentist of Siouxland at Hamilton

2930 Hamilton Blvd
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Sioux City, IA 51104
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(712) 255-1440

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The Dentist of Siouxland at Elk Point

109 E. Main Street
P.O. Box 368
Elk Point, SD 57025
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