Root canals have a bad wrap. Sure, having a root canal may be frightening if you’ve never had one done before, but they aren’t as scary as you think. In our previous post, we started giving you the facts about root canals, including the signs that you may need a root canal. So, when you connect with our dentist in Woburn, and they do say that a root canal is what you’ll need to get rid of that unbearable tooth pain you’re experiencing, the following is what you need to know.
The root canal procedure:
- Before our dentist starts the root canal procedure, he will take as many x-rays as needed to assess how badly your tooth is infected.
- We’ll do what we can to keep you calm by making sure you are experiencing no pain at all during the procedure. We’ll use a local anesthetic to numb the area of your tooth and the nerves that surround it.
- To begin the root canal procedure, our dentist will make an opening, usually in the crown of the infected tooth. This is to clean out any of the decayed pulp in the tooth itself.
- Your dentist will then cap off the nerve associated with the area that has been relaying the pain into the infected and decaying tooth. In some cases, your dentist will leave your tooth open to drain before it is filled and sealed. During other occurrences, your dentist may put a filling in the tooth or insist on capping the tooth with a crown.
We understand that root canals can be scary, especially if you’ve never experienced one before. But with the technology and anesthetics we use at our dental care office in Woburn, there’s no need to worry. If you think that you may have an infected tooth, give our dentist a call!