Things to know before a Root Canal

The words “root canal” have historically been cause for worry among dental patients, but when you are in the care of an expert Burke area dentist like Dr. Reangber at Lifetime Smiles, there’s really nothing to worry about. Delaying the procedure out of unwarranted concerns could make your infection worse. Misunderstanding the process is what leads to fear, so let’s take some time to know exactly what the process entails.

As a tooth begins to decay, debris and bacteria can begin to build up. This leads to an infection of the space inside the tooth known as the root canal. The treatment that Dr. Reangber, your trusted dentist in Burke, VA gives you to save the infected tooth is the root canal treatment. If the infection is caught soon enough your tooth is more likely to be saved and the infection is less likely to spread. If the infection has been left untreated for too long you might have to make an emergency visit to a Burke dentist.

During the treatment, your dentist will begin by taking an X-ray to determine where the infection is and whether or not the infection has spread. Once the infection is isolated, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to the area so you will be pain-free during the procedure.

A cotton or rubber dam is then put around the tooth or teeth to prevent saliva out of the area during the treatment. Next, the dentist drills a small hole in the tooth to remove the pulp, bacteria, and decayed tissue from inside the tooth. Water will occasionally be used to wash the debris away.

When the tooth is cleaned, it’s time to seal the tooth. Sometimes your dentist will want to wait until a second appointment so your dentist can make sure the infection has been entirely cleared up before applying a permanent seal. Once the tooth is ready to be sealed, your dentist will fill the inside of the tooth with sealer paste and “gutta percha,” which is a rubber compound. A filling will then be placed over the hole that was initially drilled.

Sometimes return visits will be necessary to complete the restoration process. This could include fitting a crown for the tooth if there was too much structural decay prior to the root canal treatment. After that the procedure is completely done and you will have a healthy tooth following a procedure that was surprisingly simple. Once patients have a clear understanding of what goes into a root canal they are much less nervous and realize that it is a simple procedure that shouldn’t be feared.

At Lifetime Smiles you have access to the a world class Burke dentist in Dr. Reangber who is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding root canals or any other procedures you may need to have done. Book an appointment or set up a consultation by calling (571) 248-0700.