While you may hear that a root canal is painful, it’s an important technique that allows a dentist to help save your tooth. A tooth that needs a root canal may be “off” in color, sensitive to pressure, or may even show swelling in the gum area. Sometimes, there aren’t any symptoms at all. This means that your dentist may take an x-ray of the area to see if a root canal is needed.

If you do need a root canal, your dentist will administer local anesthetic. This will ensure that you feel comfortable during the procedure. Then, your dentist will remove pulp tissue and smooth the canals using files. Once the canal is cleaned and shaped your dentist will take an x-ray to make sure that the entire canal has been completely cleaned and cleared.

Once the dentist is sure that the canal is cleaned, your canal will then be filled with a sealer and gutta-percha materials. You will also receive a temporary filling that seals the access area of the root canal to prevent bacteria from your mouth from entering the root canals. The temporary filling will be removed during another appointment at Severn River Dental Health Center, and a more permanent restoration will be placed.

While root canals may concern you because of their reputation, you don’t need to worry. They are often times quite painless and they allow you to save your tooth!

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