Root canal treatments are often met with a lot of dread. But this commonly feared procedure can actually keep you from encountering more dental problems in the future. The entire idea of having root canal treatments is for you to preserve an aching tooth. While dental extractions may be enough to get rid of the pain, they also result in the removal of the tooth along with all the functions that it serves. Instead of extracting the tooth, root canal treatments only scrape off the soft tissues contain nerve endings which respond to sensory stimulation and pain.
Step 1: Preparing the tooth.
Before the treatment can start, you first have to numb the tooth and the surrounding tissues up in preparation for the treatment. At the same time, your dentist will have to place a rubber dam around the tooth in order to isolate it and keep it dry throughout the entire treatment process.
Step 2: Making the access cavity.
Your dentist would have to scrape out the soft tissues found in the dental root cavity of your tooth. In order to get to this region of the tooth, your dentist will have to make an access cavity. This cavity is drilled on the biting surfaces of molars while it’s drilled from the side of front teeth. Throughout the process of making the access cavity, your dentist will have to scrape and remove decayed dental material or any loose dental fillings.
Step 3: Measuring the tooth length.
The soft tissues which are found in the very core of the tooth to be treated will have to be removed for the procedure to become a success. However, for your dentist to be able to know how deep to insert the file, the exact length of the tooth must be known. Your dentist can make the calculation either through dental x-rays or through electronic measurements.
Step 4: Cleaning the dental roots.
The next part of the procedure is the use of dental files in order to get rid of the soft tissue found in the dental roots. Your dentist will have to file up and down, and use different types of files to be able to efficiently get rid of all the soft tissues.
Step 5: Sealing the tooth.
In order to prevent the contamination of the tooth, your dentist will have to seal the access cavity. This makes use of a rubbery dental filling material known as gutta percha.
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