So you have a toothache and your dentist says you need a root canal and you are wondering what to do. Saving your natural tooth is the best option, if your dentist says it’s possible. The only alternative is to have the tooth extracted, then replace it with a bridge or implant. The root canal is necessary since the nerve portion of the tooth has become inflamed. Decay, large fillings or trauma are usually the culprit.
So, what will your dentist will do?
The nerve portion of the tooth needs removed, cleaned and resealed with special instruments to eliminate the pain. Don’t worry, local anesthetic will be used to numb the tooth and surrounding gums for the procedure. A rubber dam using a rubber sheet stretched across a metal frame will isolate the tooth. It keep liquids and tooth chips from being swallowed. After the procedure, antibiotics, ibuprofen or a stronger pain medicine may be prescribed. A final filling will be necessary, and possibly a crown. This will depend on the amount of healthy tooth structure left. You should begin to feel much better.