A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with strengthened filler. A common misconception is that a root canal is a painful procedure. Actually, most root canals are similar to having a cavity filled, producing minimal pain. A root canal is deemed necessary when the tooth pulp is inflamed or infected. This could be caused by:
- Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
- Tooth decay
- Chipped or broken tooth
- Blow to the tooth
- Repeated dental procedures on a tooth
The root canal procedure involves the following steps:
- The patient is given anesthetic.
- The tooth is isolated.
- The tooth is opened to allow for removal of infected or dead dental pulp.
- The tooth is thoroughly cleaned, including any cracks and canals.
- With special tools, the doctor reshapes the canals.
- The tooth is filled again with cutting edge biocompatible filling material.
- A temporary covering is used to cover the access opening
- Following a recovery period, the patient will return for the placement of a permanent restoration.
Although Dr. Khani performs some root canals, he may refer you to an endodontist for this procedure.