Understanding the Root Canal Treatment Process for Front Teeth

Understanding the Root Canal Treatment Process for Front Teeth

Jul 01, 2021

Root canal treatments  are aimed at restoring a severely infected or decayed tooth. Many people shy away from the treatment, thinking that it is the most painful treatment to exist, but in truth, it is as painless as other dental procedures. Some years back, the root canal treatment might have been painful, but it isn’t anymore, thanks to oral sedation.

In this blog, we will discuss the procedure in detail so that you can know what to expect from a front tooth root canal treatment. Hopefully, the information will help you make an informed decision.

Front Tooth Root Canal Procedure

Depending on the severity of the dental problem, you will get treatment from an endodontist or dentist. An endodontist is a dentist with more experience at diagnosing, preventing and treating root canals. In most cases, the dentist will get it done. We are here for you if you are looking for the best dentists near you in West New York. The front tooth root canal procedure is as follows:

  • First, the dentist will take x-ray pictures of the affected tooth to see the extent of the damage. The x-ray images will also help the dentist determine the number of times you might need to visit him so that he can treat the infections effectively.
  • Secondly, the dentist will numb you with local anesthesia to help you feel relaxed during the procedure and prevent you from feeling any pain.
  • The dentist will place a special type of rubber we call dam on the target tooth. This rubber sheet ensures that the target tooth remains as dry as possible without being affected by saliva. Also, the rubber keeps the tooth free from any chemicals the dentist may need to use.
  • Your dentist will drill a hole on the infected tooth to remove the dental pulp, dead, and infected tissues. Sometimes, the affected tooth may have pus, and the dentist will get rid of it too.
  • Then, the dentist will clean and scrub the affected tooth to get rid of any dead tissues he might have missed the first time. Some dentists use sodium hypochlorite solution, while others prefer using clean water.
  • The next step is filling the drilled hole. Depending on the size of the hole, you might require more than one visit to fill it. If you have to visit the dentist more than once, he will place a temporary seal and medications to prevent reinfection. But if the dentist completes the treatment on day one, he will place a permanent seal.
  • If the dentist uses a temporary seal, you will need to get back to the clinic after a week or two. The dentist will remove the temporary seal and replace it with a permanent one.
  • Lastly, the dentist may have to use a dental crown if the infection had eaten away a big part of the natural tooth. Tooth-colored crowns are available, and they give your teeth a natural appearance and make the treated tooth less vulnerable to breakages.
  • The procedure is complete. After a few days, you can start using your tooth without experiencing extreme sensitivity.

Root Canal Aftercare

One good thing about endodontic treatment is it heals pretty quickly. Within a day or two, you can resume your normal routine. Some individuals even go straight to work after the treatment. However, we advise taking a day or two off to allow the sedation to get out of your blood. Sedation can affect your decision-making, and it can be in your blood for up to 48 years.

During the first two or three hours, your mouth will still be numb. Avoid taking foods that require a lot of chewing to avoid biting yourself while eating. After all, you won’t feel pain if you do because of the sedation. You can resume normal eating after five to six hours. Still, avoid too hot foods and drinks.

Sometimes, you might experience sensitivity and pain during the healing duration. Your dentist will provide the right medication to take at a time like this. The discomfort will last two days to a week. If the pain is unbearable, contact your dentist because it might mean something is wrong. Finally, continue brushing and flossing as you should.

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