What to expect during a root canal procedure?


A root canal procedure is performed to save a damaged tooth by removing the infected pulp tissue. Here’s what you can expect during a typical root canal procedure:

1. Preparation

Before the procedure begins, we will numb the area around the affected tooth with a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort during the procedure. You will remain alert and conscious while feeling little to no discomfort. In addition to local anesthetic, we also offer nitrous oxide (sometimes called laughing gas) as well as oral sedation. These are save and effective sedation methods which help you feel relaxed and calm during the procedure.

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2. Accessing and removing the infected pulp

Once the area is numb, we make a small opening in the top of the tooth, and remove the inflamed pulp tissue using special tools.

3. Cleaning and shaping of the root canal

We then clean and shape the root canal to prepare it for filling.

4. Filling and sealing of the root canal

After the space is cleaned, we fill the root canal with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha, which ensures complete sealing of the root canals and prevent re-infection. In most cases, a temporary filling will be placed on top of the treated tooth to protect it until a permanent crown or filling can be placed by your general dentist.

5. Pain management

After the procedure, it’s normal to experience some discomfort, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medications, but you can always reach out to our office if your symptoms are more pronounced. If you have pain and sensitivity for longer than one week, please schedule a follow-up appointment with our office.

6. Follow-up visit

You will need to return to your general dentist within 2 weeks to have a filling and/or permanent crown placed. Delay in placing the permanent restoration can cause the root canal to fail or can contribute to you breaking the tooth.

7. Postoperative care

Overall, a root canal procedure typically completes in one appointment, and most patients experience little or no discomfort during or after the procedure. With proper care, a treated tooth can last a lifetime.

Ready to get started?

If you need a root canal from an endodontist you can trust, contact us at info@riverstreetendo.ca or (416) 868-4697 and we will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that will address your needs and concerns.

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