Steps of root canal treatment

Steps of root canal treatment

Root canal treatment is an excellent solution to save heavily damaged tooth in case the pulp is infected or the extent of the decay is so big, that it cannot be fixed with a filling. This treatment saves the tooth from extraction and allows the patient to use their natural teeth for longer. Over the course of the treatment the dentist removes the pulp and cleans the root canals thoroughly, then the tooth is sealed with a filling. Thanks to local anesthesia, the treatment is completely painless. After the treatment, the tooth and the surrounding area might be sensitive, which can be managed with painkillers.

What to expect during a root canal treatment?

Not so long ago, extraction couldn’t be avoided when a tooth was heavily damaged. One of the benefits of the root canal treatment is that extractions can be avoided, and the tooth can be “saved”. The treatment is performed under local anesthesia, therefore it is completely painless.

What to expect after the treatment?

After the painless root canal treatment, you can enjoy your devitalized tooth for the rest of your life with proper care. However, it is important to know, that after a while the devitalized tooth can darken or become more fragile.

The most common cause of tooth discoloration after root canal treatment is a small amount of pulp being left inside the tooth. The decomposing pulp can make the tooth darken. This can be corrected by teeth whitening or veneers.