How is a Root Canal Done?
Teeth have several layers. The outer layer, or enamel, is the hardest substance in the human body, and it encases a softer inner layer called dentin. Inside the dentin are channels called root canals These channels contain soft tissues called the pulp, which contains blood vessels, lymph vessels, connective tissues and the nerve of the tooth. Teeth have between one and four root canals, and when a fracture, deep cavity or another problem traumatizes the soft tissues, a root canal treatment is needed to preserve the tooth.
Dr. Frame performs root canals in our office. A local anesthetic numbs the tooth so that the procedure is no more uncomfortable than a standard filling. Once the tooth is completely numb, the nerve and other soft tissues are cleaned, and the canals are shaped and disinfected. The empty canals are filled with a special material to seal them against further inflammation. A post may be placed to strengthen and support the tooth, and the final restoration, usually a crown, is generally placed at a later appointment.
After the root canal, your tooth may be tender for a few days due to the inflammation from the infection. Since the diseased tissue is gone, the inflammation should gradually subside over the next few days. Avoid chewing on the treated tooth, and brush and floss carefully daily. Use an over-the-counter pain medication as needed.
Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Frame, our root canal dentist in Santa Clara.
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