How Do We Clean Out Your Tooth During a Root Canal?
Posted on 4/15/2018 by Office
Many people are intimidated by the idea of a root canal, It is a dental procedure that people dread. The good news is that it is not as bad as you may think. It will provide relief from a painful toothache.
The key to making the procedure easier to manage is to learn what it involves. How does the dentist clean out the tooth during the root canal procedure? It may be different than you think.
The Need to Clean the Tooth
The pain you feel is the result of decaying nerve tissue and bacteria in the tooth. The root canal procedure involves cleaning out the debris and the bacteria to relieve the problem. Cleaning out the tooth during the root canal uses a series of files that will scrub the sides of the root canal of the tooth.
The dentist uses water or sodium hypochlorite to flush any debris from the tooth. It is important for the dentist to make sure to remove all the bacteria and debris before they can seal the tooth back.
Not as Painful As It Sounds
One of the reasons that people fear the idea of a root canal is because they think it will hurt. That is not the case.
There is a need to drill an access hole in the tooth for the files needed to clean it, but before a dentist uses a drill, they have options to eliminate the pain. Medication can numb the tooth and the area around it to stop the pain.
If you are nervous about a root canal, sedation for the procedure is an option and will help you remain calm, contact our office about your options. Most root canals are quicker than people realize.
A root canal is not something that people want, but it is often a necessary step to prevent more problems. If you have any fears or concerns or want to know more about this type of procedure, please contact us at the office and we will give you the information you want.