About Root Canal
A root canal may sound daunting, but did you know that the alternative is a tooth extraction? Getting a root canal is actually a painless process, and when you get one from Dr. David Ngo, you’re in good hands. He has years of experience with the procedure and gives each patient all of the information they need to make informed dental care choices. If you’re ready to get relief from your root pain, schedule your appointment at S&L Dental in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, Arizona today!
Root Canal Q & A
What Is a Root Canal?
Most people think of their teeth in terms of its visible portions. But there’s also a pulp inside each tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues.
The pulp is contained within canals that extend from the centers of the teeth to the tooth roots. When the pulp becomes damaged by disease or trauma, it needs to be removed. This removal process is known as a root canal.
Removing damaged pulp via a root canal can preserve a tooth that would otherwise require extraction.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
Root canals take two visits in most cases: One to remove the decayed pulp and one to place a protective crown on the tooth.
Before your root canal, Dr. Ngo carefully evaluates your tooth and takes X-rays to evaluate the health of the tooth pulp and plan treatment. He also administers local anesthesia before beginning the procedure.
During the procedure, Dr. Ngo uses special tools to remove the pulp while leaving the outer “shell” of the tooth intact. Then he fills and seals the empty canal with special filling material. If the area is infected, he uses a medicated filling first, then removes it at your second appointment and replaces it with a “regular” filling.
The next step is shaping your tooth for the crown, and taking an impression of your tooth to use as a “model” for your crown.
Dr. Ngo places a temporary crown on your tooth while the permanent crown is made at a dental lab. At the second visit, he removes the temporary crown and installs the permanent crown with a strong adhesive, then buffs it for a perfect fit.
How Will I Feel After My Root Canal Treatment?
Today’s root canal techniques and pain management methods mean your recovery will be fast. Any mild discomfort experienced should be easily relieved with over-the-counter pain medications. Having regular checkups and cleanings every six months will help ensure your tooth and your crown stay in great shape.