So you're having a root canal - what to expect
Mention "root canal" and, for most people, the word "painful" comes to mind. However, according to experts at the Michigan Association of Endodontists (MAE), today's technology makes the procedure a simple and pain- free visit to the endodontist.
If you are scheduled for a root canal, here's what you can expect:
"First, digital radiographs will be taken of the tooth and surrounding area," explains MAE member and endodontist Dr. Michael Lindemann. "Then your endodontist will review the radiograph with you, as well as your medical and dental history, the diagnosis, and the treatment that is needed."
To begin the procedure, the endodontist will numb the tooth, and then make a small opening in the biting surface of the tooth to access the tissue inside. Once all of the anatomy is located, the tissue and bacteria are removed, and the space within the tooth is appropriately shaped. A permanent root filling material is then placed inside to seal the root system, Lindemann said.
"This prevents bacteria from entering the body through the tooth," he explained.
A "temporary" is placed in the opening on the biting surface of the tooth, which will later be permanently restored by the family dentist with a crown or other restoration.
"This will not only protect the tooth when chewing, but will keep bacteria in the mouth from entering the root canal system," he said. "Typically, the endodontist will request that you return for a radiograph of the tooth every six months for one or two years to be sure the treatment has taken affect."
Most endodontists complete root canal therapy in one visit, Lindemann said.
A second visit may be required under certain circumstances. The endodontist will work with your family dentist to ensure that complete and effective treatment is obtained.
|SOURCE Michigan Association of Endodontists|
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