What Happens at a Root Canal Appointment?
Your Cerritos dentist will start by numbing your tooth and the surrounding gum tissue to ensure you stay as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure. If you have dental anxiety, we can also administer dental sedation.
Once you’re completely numb, your dentist will use their high-speed handpiece to gently open the tooth. They will go in through the biting surface on the back teeth or the back of the tooth if it’s a front tooth that needs treatment.
At this point, your dentist will remove any decay that’s present in the tooth. Once they reach the pulp chamber, they will use tiny instruments that resemble small scrub brushes to remove the pulp tissue from the pulp chamber, as well as the canals in the roots of the teeth.
After removing all the tissue, they’ll disinfect the tooth, pulp chamber, and root canals. Then, they’ll seal the tooth with a substance called gutta-percha. Finally, they’ll fill the tooth with a temporary filling material. They will allow the tooth to heal for a while before placing the permanent build-up and crown.
Throughout a root canal in Cerritos, your dental team will take x-rays to make sure:
- They’ve thoroughly cleaned out all the pulp tissue
- The canals are clean all the way down to the base of the root tips
- The gutta-percha has filled the canals from base to tip
Is a Root Canal Painful?
Believe it or not, the actual root canal treatment is relatively painless since we will use local anesthesia as needed to numb the area. In fact, getting the treatment will be far less painful than the pain you’ve been experiencing.