What to Expect During a Root Canal

patient and dentistWhen your dentist tells you that you need a root canal, you probably go through a mix of emotions: anxiety, fear, or even dread. It doesn’t have to be this way. If you know what to expect during the procedure, it can help calm some of the anxiety.

How a Root Canal Works

A root canal is a last resort procedure – there is no other way to repair the tooth because it is severely decayed or abscessed. Luckily, a root canal can still save your tooth. Here are the steps your dentist will take to complete your root canal in Skokie, IL:

  1. The dentist numbs your tooth to maintain your comfort during the procedure.
  2. The dentist dries the area. This may include placing a rubber dam over your tooth to keep saliva away from the area and to isolate it from surrounding teeth.
  3. The dentist will then drill an opening and remove all of the bacteria and decay from inside the tooth.
  4. Your dentist will then use root canal files to clean out the roots of your tooth so they can remove the
  5. The dentist thoroughly cleans the tooth and makes sure there is no more infection.
  6. The dentist uses gutta-percha, a rubber filling material, to fill in the roots of the tooth and then fulls in the rest of the tooth with regular tooth filling.

Getting a Crown after a Root Canal

A tooth can become dry and brittle after a root canal. To prevent the tooth from breaking, your dentist will recommend a crown to fully protect the tooth.

Alternatives to a Root Canal

If you do not wish to undergo a root canal procedure, the only other choice is to extract the tooth. You can then get a dental implant to replace it. Contact the capable dentists at Northwestern Dental Group today to go over your options.