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How Root Canal Treatment Is Done

September 7, 2022 6:33 pm | Published by

Though a common dental procedure, root canals often fill patients with fear and anxiety. Fortunately, improved technology and techniques have made root canal treatment something less fearful to look forward to. If you’re scheduled for a root canal, this blog will walk you through how root canal treatment is done!

Root Canal Procedure

Severe tooth sensitivity, discomfort when eating, or swollen gums are only a few of the signs that root canal treatment may be in your best interest. While no patient wants to hear they need a root canal, our Vista Ridge Family Dentistry team will take good care of you during treatment.

In many cases, root canal treatment can be completed in a single visit. Here’s what you can expect:

1. Dr. Kerr, or another team member, will examine the infected tooth. After examination, a local anesthetic or sedation dentistry method will be administered if necessary or requested. After sensation is blocked, the treatment will begin.

2. A small opening in the crown of the tooth will be made, big enough for small instruments to clean the pulp from the chamber and canals before shaping the space for filling.

3. Once shaped, the root canals are filled with a material compatible with the tooth. This material is placed with adhesive cement to ensure the root canals remain sealed to prevent infection.

4. A temporary filling or crown is placed to protect the weakened tooth.

5. After treatment, a follow-up visit will be scheduled for a permanent crown or other restoration to be placed on top of the tooth for long-lasting protection.

Root Canal Therapy in Cedar Park, Texas

Did you know you should schedule routine checkups and cleanings with our team every six months? During these visits, our team can catch infected teeth before they worsen to need root canal therapy. But if you do, root canal therapy can be completed in-house!

Give our office a call to learn more about our root canal therapy process!

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