What is a Root Canal?

March 7, 2019
What is a Root Canal?

At AP Dental & Laser Center, we perform a number of different dental procedures and one of them is a root canal. One of the most common questions that we get asked is “what is a root canal?” Here is a step by step guide on what a root canal is and what you can expect during your root canal procedure.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a quick and easy procedure that is performed by your dentist which helps relieve any pain you have from the tooth and will help save your natural tooth. Saving your natural tooth should always be the first priority for a lot of reasons including you are able to chew more efficiently, you’ll keep your normal biting force/sensation, nothing will be able to look as natural as your own natural teeth, and it will help protect your natural teeth.

Steps of a Root Canal

  1. Your tooth is numbed. This will help keep you comfortable while the dentist is performing the procedure on your tooth. A rubber dam is placed over your tooth to keep it dry. An opening is then made on the crown of your tooth down into the pulp chamber.
  2. The tooth’s nerve or pulp is removed. Every root canal that is going to be replaced will be cleaned, shaped and then disinfected so it can be filled into your teeth/tooth.
  3. Your dentist will then place medicine in the pulp chamber of your tooth which will help treat any infection.
  4. Any root canals that are being treated will be filled with a rubber-like material.
  5. You’ll get a temporary filling that will be placed in your tooth which will also prevent any infection.  If you have any signs of infection already, your dentist will most likely give you a medication to stop the infection from spreading and to cure your current infection.
  6. Your dentist then will take off the temporary filling and then restore the tooth with the permanent crown.

If you think you need a root canal or have any questions about the procedure feel free to contact us online or give us a call at 617-315-1515. You can also ask any questions about a root canal procedure you have to our dentists or dental hygienists at your next appointment.

Appointment Form